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Monday, January 29, 2007

Demise of TV watching?

Some time ago, Michael Goldhaber (author of the attention economy) wrote about the demise of TV watching.

His point - the ability to watch stuff when you feel like it means you may actually watch less.

  • Photocopying or filing articles or downloading or bookmarking to read later.
  • Taping programmes to record later.

In the early days of home videotaping, television professionals were among the early adopters. They would ask one another "did you see my programme last night?" and the answer was always "not yet, but I've recorded it". A perfect and tactful excuse.

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