We all know how easy it is to waste an inordinate amount of the time on the Internet, not doing much of anything productive. On the flip side, there’s a lot of interesting, useful and educational content that you can take advantage of. Rather than waste your time on social networks or online games, you could put some of your online time to good use by watching documentaries. There are a lot of free and entirely legal sites.
In 2010 US telco AT&T started a campaign to reduce the number of accidents, deaths and permanent injuries as a result of drivers being distracted by their phones. What began as a campaign for no texting while driving has picked up speed as more and more US states adopt laws that punish and hope to deter this activity. Recently AT&T got on-board with Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon in a concerted effort to spread the word even further with a new documentary.
You’ve no doubt watched a movie or two on YouTube by now. Whether it was uploaded by the original studio or a miscreant sharing someone else’s hard work; the streaming video behemoth is full of them. While many of the freely released feature films are just awful (no, really), there are a surprising amount of quality documentaries to sift through.
Vimeo is one of these YouTube alternatives. It’s a different beast from the Google-owned property, extolling the virtues of quality over quantity. Vimeo is the place where the cool cats — the innovative musicians, interesting documentarians, and offbeat filmmakers — reside. The videos are presented in a beautiful manner, making watching Vimeo a closer experience to watching broadcast television.