A media consumption experiment: Day 1

Posted: January 28th, 2009

I realized today exactly how much media I consume on a daily basis: a metric ton. And often it blurs into itself. I’m plugged in from the beginning of the day to the end. As long as I’m not actively socializing with someone over coffee, chances are I’ve got my headphones in and am listening to a podcast or hunkered down in front of hulu or flipping through my incalculable number of RSS feeds which I can’t keep up with. By the end of the day, it all runs together.

“So,” said I to myself, “why not keep a log of all the media I (intentionally) ingest each day?” That way, when I hit my umpteenth podcast, I can look back and say “Yeah, the one about crocodiles and rainbows in the 1940s was pretty good, but I liked the one with Sophia Loren better.”

With that in mind, today’s media consumption is as follows, as best as I can recall (with notes):

  • The Dick Van Dyke Show – S1E24 “The Twizzle,” and S1E25 “One Angry Man.”
    • I learned that “The Twizzle” was the cast’s least favorite episode of the season via IMDB, and I can see why—it was my least favorite before I even looked it up.
  • Belle & Sebastian – “If You’re Feeling Sinister” (1996).
    • This is my favorite album from one of my favorite groups. Also, major points for nostalgia.
  • The Sound of Young America – “The Ten-Cent Plague” (5/2/08), “Kirby: King of Comics” (5/8/08), “Mike Birbiglia” (5/16/08), and “Nellie McKay” (5/20/08).
    • “The Ten-Cent Plague” and “Kirby: King of Comics” both discussed crime and romance comics that were popular circa WWII—genres that no longer really exist.
    • Mike Birbiglia is a comic, and author of the show “Sleepwalk with Me,” which I really want to see when I’m in New York this May.
    • Nellie McKay is a quirky, fun musician, who keeps popping up in my podcasts and blogs (and last year in my city)—and I might just have to sit down and listen to some of her music on my own, one of these days.
  • “Internet Power!” Vol. 1 (1995).
    • This is seriously just too funny and nostalgic and best of all, relevant to my thesis. Hooray.
  • Scrubs, S8E5 “My ABCs,” and S8E6 “My Cookie Pants.”
    • Also nostalgic. The show ends this year, I believe.
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – Wednesday, January 28, 2008″

Today’s total: 11 “units” (is there a better word for this?) of media consumed

And on top of that, I taught my mom how to use Skype this morning, all while eating breakfast. How’s that for productivity?

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