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Feb. 13th, 2008 | 06:13 pm

I was thinking about something recently...

Why do I dislike TV?

Am I just bowing to the anti-capitalist peer presssure? Or is there something deeper at work?

I do know that I have trouble looking at other things when a TV is on, I do know that at times when my girlfriend is watching TV I leave the room so I can concentrate. Though I think I'm getting better at ignoring the TV.

There are TV shows that I think are neat like Mythbusters, and yet I know that if my girlfriend wasn't around, even with DVRing them, I still wouldn't watch.

I do waste vast amounts of time playing MMOs, and I do spend time searching the internet looking for things that are currently interesting to me. Heck I even work and hack on interesting personal projects. My parents watched TV though I didn't use TV as a "babysitter" (as far as I can remember). TV watching is no worse to my protestant guilt about not working 24/7 than MMOs are, so I the looking down on TV for being "immoral" doesn't seem to make sense.

I do know I desperately hate intrusive advertising, so I do know that I loathe TV that hasn't been flagged with commercial skip.

The media I do interact with seems to be non-linear, commercials are relatively static and easy to skip (or best yet don't exist), it is interactive and I can easily pause, skip, rewind, or switch to another thread.

(E.G reading a blog post, might lead to a quick search about some concept that I didn't understand.)

Another difference, on a recent mythbusters, I noticed how often they repeated themselves. The experimental setup was completely re-described every time they switched back to it, after every commercial break, and after every A/B story switch.

It would be a lot nicer if they just got to the point, and didn't waste time repeating themselves. Mostly I think my reading speed is vastly higher than most peoples speaking speed, so its more efficient for me to read than to have to listen to someone talk.

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Josh

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from: irilyth
date: Feb. 14th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
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Repetition is a general narrative technique, whether in TV or film or print or storytelling or whatever. Doing it enough to be effective, and not so much that it's boring, is tricky. :^) And, often, a sign of good editing, since it's a lot easier to tune during revision than initial creation, unless you're phenomenally talented.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Feb. 14th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
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The repetition was probably more useful if you didn't have mythtv's 95% effective commercial skip button. Describing what was going on after 2 minutes of something else makes more sense then when the interruption was only 2 seconds

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It's French... bitch.

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from: vengeant
date: Feb. 14th, 2008 06:36 am (UTC)
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Is it also because watching television is almost completely passive on your part, whereas the other stuff you do is more active?

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Feb. 14th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
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Another thought was that what makes "the internet" different from TV is that mass media is one way, where internet media is (supposed to be) two way.

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secretslip

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from: secretslip
date: Feb. 14th, 2008 08:23 am (UTC)
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I really like this post.

I don't like the TV either, and it's for the same reason --the advertisements. I used to watch tv at Josh's house, but he had a contraption for fastforwarding through the commercials.

How do you feel about watching youtubes?

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Feb. 14th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
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I do randomly watch online video.

Though online video is different. The clips are shorter, more focused, and more frequently about things I'm interested in--cool tech demos, video game clips, etc.

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from: aerynvale
date: Feb. 14th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
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I do know that I have trouble looking at other things when a TV is on, I do know that at times when my girlfriend is watching TV I leave the room so I can concentrate.

I hear that. If there's a TV going in the room I'm in, then I'm pretty much doing nothing but watching it. If I'm trying to do something else, it's annoying to have the TV on. If I'm there to watch TV but other things are going on, I'm annoyed by those other things. I think it's just the way my brain works, the way it focuses on certain types of input.

I must note that I haven't had television service for about four years now and I haven't really missed it. If there's a show I want to watch, I just download it, and any especially clever commercials end up on YouTube anyway.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Feb. 14th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
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I'm with you... I'm very bad at multitasking...

And I can point to research that shows that on the whole humans humans multitask exactly the same way a single core CPU does--by task switching.

The thing is we're not remotely as good at restoring state as a cpu. (Though there are some people who are ok at that part.)

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