Posted at 4:48 PM on July 17, 2007
by Euan Kerr
I have a pile of dvds at home, all which I need to watch.
There are times when I wonder if this whole digital revolution huge choice thing is really all it's cracked up to be.
Think about it: in the old days you had a finite number of choices based on the what was appearing at on the single screens of you local picture houses. It was perhaps not everything you desired, but in the main it could suffice.
Now the choices at the megaplexes, at the video stores, on TV and cable, though the mail, and on-line, are pretty near infinite. It's marvelous, but at times overwhelming.
So many choices, so little time.
I think I have at least 10 hours of film awaiting me: all of it good and enjoyable stuff I am sure. But this is summer, and in the news business it's the time when we have to work harder to find news stories worth doing.
And that's even before you get to family life.
One of my colleagues asked me this morning when I was going to write about "Transformers." I had to tell him I was going to go last night, but then my 11 year old nephew announced he was tired and wanted to head home.
"Do you need to see it to write about it?" he asked and then he did the puppy eyes thing. Transformers lost.
Yet the pile by our TV awaits. As do the piles around the nation.
How many hours of possible watching are out there? How many hours of real life?
There are just too many choices.
How big is the pile at your house?