I recently decided to try it out. I have the ‘one month free’ service of Netflix. I have it on my laptop – my smallest screen, but my laptop is docked on the left side of my desk to a 24” screen. Apparently my cable company now have an option (a marketing plan to put another ‘box’ in my home) that will allow me to stream Netflix on any of my three TV’s. I wonder if that’s a little too much Netflix.
The first question I must consider, when my teaser-free-month is up, is whether I’ll continue. There is no question the programming is exceptional, the absence of commercials is fantastic – streaming and pausing with technology that starts again right where I left off even if it is something I watched for just a few minutes last week …
Is this remarkable technology, not so much the technology but the business model, to be embraced, taken in small doses or wisely avoided? Binge watching is like binging on anything – it deserves to be discussed in terms of what are we doing, how much time does it consume and what could I be doing with my time (like reading books, walking dog, cycling in the park, writing something …) if I wasn’t watching Netflix?
All of which begs a bigger or better question, how do I spend my time? Any of it, all of it?
Time and things we do with it are either self-indulgent, or not.
Self-indulgent I understand.
But what about everything else? What am I doing this for? Or that? Or some other thing I’ve got rolling around in my mind?
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