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Thoughts on the contemporary world

I've been thinking about recent changes in technology recently. Just a few thoughts ruminating around based on my observations and personal habits. Perhaps I think too much.

Issue 1: IPods
I have fallen in love with my video iPod, not for the video part but for the 30 GB of storage space. I'm still working on filling it; it's a time-consuming process. But I love carrying virtually my entire music collection with me. Plus I can walk to and from work, or do other exercise.

I see iPods of all shapes and sizes around campus; most students have them as do several of my colleagues. However, I was walking to the bus stop on campus with mine on the other day, listening to the Beastie Boys, and couldn't help but nod my head to the groove. I never see anyone else rocking out, which I think is sad. What the hell are these kids listening to? Whiny crap with no groove, no doubt.

So iPods have proven to me that the problem with the youth of today is the lack of fun music.

I'm brilliant.

Issue 2: Television and DVD's
I don't watch much TV. I don't have cable and I don't find much on regular TV appealing. But I notice myself watching entire series on DVD. I've been catching up on Kids in the Hall recently, which I never watched on TV but find utterly hysterically.

But one of the best examples of this is "Arrested Development." I never watched it on TV (yes, I'm guilty of being partly responsible for its looming demise), but, on the recommendations on several, I borrowed Seasons 1 & 2 from the library and it's absolutely hysterical, especially well-written and sharp. It requires continued attention and its ongoing story makes you involved with the characters and their foibles are the focus. I'm not surprised it didn't find much of an audience, but I loved watching it back to back (I usually watched about 6 episodes [one disk] in a sitting).

Anyway, I can't help but wonder if the advent of DVD releases of complete seasons of TV shows is a boon or bust for TV shows. Ongoing live events like "American Idol" can survive it, but shows like "24," "Alias," or "Lost" with ongoing stories are well-suited to the DVD format. And I would rather watch a season almost all at once rather than trying to watch the continuing stories week after week, subject to the whims of network television (reruns, preemption, etc.). I haven't seen any repurcussions of that yet, other than my own.

Hmmmm . . .


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Apr. 9th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
oh, the heck with them. What's that line? "Dance like no one's watching . . ."

You may be right about the kids being able to contain their dancing in public, but if you listen to the top 40, there's no good grooves anyway.
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Apr. 9th, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC)
So you think . . . ;)
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Apr. 9th, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC)
Apr. 10th, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC)
We are the same way about series. We hardly watch series on TV week after week, with a few exceptions, but when visiting Mom we always get in a season of "Alias" and a season or so of "CSI".
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