TV is my drug. Social media websites are my new dealers.

22 01 2009

So, as I write this, my very first blog entry, I’m also catching up on season two of Private Practice. But, my TV is off. Since ABC inconsiderately decided to air Private Practice at the same time as two other shows I faithfully watch, I’ve fallen behind in this show that I got hooked on last season. But, thanks to the miracle of streaming video, I have not had to give up on my show.

Now, you may be saying to yourself “Miracle? I really doubt that streaming video should be classified as a miracle.” Clearly you are not a TV addict like me. Social media websites like YouTube and my personal favourite, alluc.org, are a blessing to people like me who have to create schedules and timetables in order to keep track of which shows need to be watched and/or taped every night. Try as I might, even with timeshifting, I can’t catch all of my favourite shows. Or sometimes, I just miss them – it happens. But, it doesn’t upset me like it used to because now I have streaming video to feed my addiction. I mean, I missed a new episode of House this week because I forgot to set my trusty VCR to tape it, but it’s no big deal, I’ll just watch it online when I get a chance.

Social media is huge and its influence on TV is just as huge. Not only are there sites like the ones I mentioned that make shows easily available to anyone at anytime, but there are also countless other ways that people are connecting over TV. There are fan forums, blogs, Facebook “favourite” lists, TV databases, and tons of others that are impacting the wonderful world of television, and which I plan to explore as I get more into this whole blogging thing. So stay tuned! (Wow, did I really just say that…?)

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