Watching a cat and dog video requires minimal brain activity - it is as lazy an entertainment as watching flowing water or flaming fire.
The masses do not want to work on the content, neither they do not want to watch and think about inconvenient topics like global warming or the imminent nuclear obliteration of the planet - those thousands of missiles have to fall somewhere, and it is just a question of time and bad luck when a wire rusts or someone hacks into their control systems.
Instead people prefer watching fairy tales like Game of Thrones or follow lives of celebrities - celebrities who have ZERO effect on the functioning of the society, celebrities whos only achievement is a big butt or a naked belly carrying an unborn.
This is classic escapism of the late Roman Empire, and we all know how it ended.
I had in mind something else when I started this thread. The idea was that even with modest equipment one can make a video that has meaning and impact. A thousand bucks is enough to have equipment for moviemaking - it will not be the latest and greatest, but it will allow to record moving pictures and sound, edit the clips and distribute the final movie. This is completely different landscape even to the days of VHS, when there were no digital non-linear editing systems.
Here is an example:
Shot on the DVX100B - the latest version of the venerable DVX, which can be picked up for less than $500 on eBay with 200 hours or less - I saw one with 17 hours on the clock for $450. This is a professional camera for one tenth of the original price. Yes, it is not 4K or HD, but it performs its intended function, and editing DV is fast even on a 10 year old computer which one can pick for free from someone who is upgrading. Tapes are $2 apiece in bulk. Plus a mic, some stands and a couple of LED lights - I am not talking about painting with light.