Everybody has Netflix these days. Or some form of on-demand service. I have Amazon Prime Video right now but I won’t be renewing it for one simple reason – it’s inadvertently making me binge-watch. And fair enough, it’s easier to just watch it all in one go. Except, next thing you know it’s light outside and all you did was to sit down and decide to watch a couple of episodes. It’s a bit like the old Easter Egg conundrum. You eat half and save the other half for later but then you’re like, ‘Fuck it, I might as well eat all of it!’ Fair enough, we’re only human, right?
What’s really annoying is that people think watching 12+ hours of TV in a day is something worth bragging about. Never mind that it was pretty easy to binge-watch before – does anybody remember DVDs? They’re round discs that require you to do a little more than tapping touchscreens. I wasn’t keen on those either. They are a rip-off. I applaud anyone who has a huge collection of them and actually finds the time to watch them. Most of my meager DVD collection has never been watched.
But now it’s fashionable to binge-watch the latest series, and then tell everyone on Facebook/Twitter/Blogosphere because, we like, totally care that OMG HOUSE OF CARDS! WHEE! YAY! Cool cards are instantly revoked if you’re not binge watching something. Part of this probably stems from the fact that US shows are very popular and before recent years, they all mostly followed a 22 weekly episode structure that meant people had to wait for it to air. Or for the DVD release (which costs significantly more than Netflix/Prime).
Right. Technology has made us so impatient that they can’t do that anymore. They want content and they want it now. That’s fine – not my business and all – but go to any article on Netflix and the comments are full of people congratulating themselves on sitting around for 12 hours, watching TV. Each time I have to refrain from replying back with ‘who gives a fuck?’. Go into the comment section of articles about obesity, weight loss etc and those same people are judging others for sitting on the butts and watching TV all day long.
It boggles the mind. Do people even read anymore? We’ve clearly given up on the news judging by how popular click bait has become. ‘MAN SPOTS UNICORN!’ would probably generate more hits than something serious. Given that we have people genuinely supporting Trump, clearly reading is no longer fashionable. YA books don’t count either. Sure, they’re entertaining but…there is nothing educational about most of those books.
I can sum them up quite well:
sarcastic, sassy girl meets a (potentially supernatural) boyfriend, initially refusing him before she eventually melts into a puddle of goo – the climax of the story comes when she has to reassert her
sarcastic sassiness independence and save the day but, you know. He goes ahead and asserts his manliness does the saving anyway.
The world will be an interesting place in a couple of years. We’ll probably accept that vampires are real and scientists will discover the real real Santa. Hopefully, Netflix will produce some 30,000 episode show (that’s rife with commercials and links them to the online stores directly) that keeps all of these annoying people indoors (most likely crying over The Walking Dead/Games of Thrones/30,000 ep show) so that we can have some peace – and perspective – outside.
And yes, I’m a miserable, joyless person etc, blah, blah. 😛