Part 1. The Forward
For those of you who don’t know me personally, I’ll admit that I have been known by those who do to occasionally make sweeping declarations that certain technologies are obsolete. (Including DVD, Blu-Ray, and pretty much any physical media.) Maybe I have my own Reality Distortion Field but then again, how long do you think DVDs will actually last? (Seriously, if you still buy DVDs I’d recommend you stop now.)
My next declaration of obsolescence is on television. Not the content or programming per se, but the current means of distribution and viewing. (Although can we all agree to make “police drama” content obsolete? Seriously…)
Television (and Film) is an area that is extremely close to my heart. Earlier this year I accounted for all of the shows that I religiously followed (either watching live every week or in bulk via online streaming). The total racked up to 82 days’ worth of episodes. No commercials included. I love television as a form of art and storytelling. Some people love music or books. I love television. A lot of my friendships were forged solely around discussing even a single television show.
So this post marks the start of a blog series on how we experience television, and how the experience can be improved right now with the technology of today.
In my imaginary world there is: No need to know what channel a show is on, nor what time it’s on. No need to set your DVR to record anything. No remote controls. No need to pay over $100 a month for 118 channels when you only watch three of them. And the shows are better! …But I’ll be discussing all that in future posts.
Maybe all of that is my reality distortion field… But hey, they said the same thing about Steve Jobs. And when was the last time you bought music on a compact disc?