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Old Habits

Watched a bit of television last night. Didn't have a lot of time so I skipped through the stuff I was watching. 60 minutes had a bit about eugenics that looked interesting but I wanted to see the segment about the muslim womam comedian --so I just skipped through and watched that. Then I watched the Dave Chappelle interview on Charlie Rose.

Later it occurred to me that my tv viewing habits have changed (imagine that eh.) Like most people I have the habit of just putting on the television and kind of half watching it while engaged in something else. Thinking about it later I thought that what I had done was more like "empowered television" or "active viewing", I didn't and don't need to be passively engaged when consuming television.

One feature I wouldn't mind having on my mythtv box would be a means to save little clips as I'm watching a show. Every now and then I'll be watching (this happens mostly when watching Charlie Rose) and I'll go "what did he just say?" It's as if a chink in the corporate media fell away briefly and something real slipped through.

It would be nice to be able to feature a little clip of something I had seen on tv --embedding it right into this web page. People do this all the time with books and magazines. What is it that's different about television that would make this not ok?



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