While I was watching a Mike Leigh film on tv on Saturday night (I know I should have been reading on a Saturday night of course), during one of the advert breaks they suggested that we all go online and write our views of the film so far.
I love this. What a neat idea. As it happened I was Home Alone and so this potentially offered me a way of viewing and sharing an opinion with others at the same time. In the past, critics of tv viewing habits sad that we all had ‘square eyes’ or would ruin our eyesight and all sorts of other things. They implied that watching tv was bad for you and ‘rotted the brain’. Certainly they assumed it was less good than reading a book. I loved the way this suggestion to go online acknowledged that people have opinions they want to express; that they watched in an active way and that they were not just ‘receiving messages’ in a one dimensional way. I also loved that the telly was giving us opportunities for sharing our views through online networks.
So much for those who argue that the Internet fosters isolation.
Mind you – I did not do any review because I was multi-tasking – on my laptop surfing whilst also watching tv. I wonder how many other people do this habitually?