Such is the reality of Science news aimed at a broad audience, and I have accepted that.
Now I'm a long time supporter of National Geographic besides this, I am subscribed to both their television station and magazine. I am also subscribed to their YouTube channel which is what this whole blog is actually based upon. Today while checking new videos I decided to watch some National Geographic clips, this is because the National Geographic channel offered in Canada isn't as good. Most of the clips on YouTube I have not seen and sometimes are relevant to my reading in their magazine.
What did I find when I accessed one of their videos:
This video contains content from National Geographic, who has decided to block it in your country.
Lovely isn't it! They really don't mine my Canadian money for their television programming, or for their magazine but if I want to have a look at them on YouTube... nope I'm all of a sudden not good enough. Unfortunately I haven't gotten to the bottom of why this is happening, I assume it has to do something with ads and their not making money off their channel. I may be wrong, but I doubt it.
So lets have a little history lesson shall we. A little background information about National Geographic will show that one of the most influential participants in both its creation and getting the magazine where it is today is Alexander G. Bell. This man is very important to me actually because I've always seen him as a great example of intellectual achievement and he happened to do a lot of experiments locally on my island. Now Bell did a lot of work on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia he also did some great work in Ontario but more notably were his innovative inventions he thought up and worked on in his summer home in Nova Scotia.
Before his death he spent a lot of time in Canada, mainly in his summer home in Nova Scotia. During this time he was the active President of the National Geographic Society and helped them get financially on their feet again he also changed the perspectives of the target audience of their magazine laying the ground work for the National Geographic as we know today. He eventually stepped down before he died, and I'll note he was buried in Nova Scotia.
What has been done to National Geographic is detestable and nothing like Bell intended it to be. It did very well for a time, but now limiting its audience goes against the fundamentals it was built upon.
The biggest hypocrisy in this move is that National Geographic knows no boundaries, it is a venue that showcases every portion of our planet has to offer. You'll find stories from all cultures, and all countries... and they make a profit off of this and continue do so. Now suddenly they are restricting access from counties all over the world? That's laughable.