“I don’t want to miss my show!”
Have any of you heard this? Of course you have. The Western world is back in the grip of having to be planted on the couch in front of the tv at a certain set date and time, lest they miss the latest airing of the first new episode of (enter name of sitcom, reality tv show, variety show, science fiction serial, CSI:Somecity). What I don’t understand is why. Sure, I know that vcrs have either been consigned to the Goodwill or the three-year-old’s room, but don’t all you tv-watchers have dvrs or Tivos? And don’t you all have computers hooked up to the internet so if you missed your show you can just look for someone who actually used their brain, recorded it, and uploaded it on Youtube or Dailymotion? And even failing that, don’t tv shows now have repeated airings? And if you still couldn’t get to it, they seem to release just about everything these days in boxed sets of dvds. Back in the dark days BC (Before Cable) we were chained to the broadcast television schedule, and if we missed an episode of Love American Style or MacMillan and Wife we’d have to wait all the way until summer repeats. And that would be one repeat. We wouldn’t see the show again unless it was put into syndication, which meant it would be shown on one of those fuzzy channels you had to have the extra antenna for (that always fell off the top of the tv onto the cat when your favorite climactic scene came on), and every show wasn’t blessed that way.
Anyway, I hear this all over the place, and I don’t get it. This is the 21st Century. Missing a television show should be about as relevant to our experiences as hooking up the horses to a four-in-hand for a nice drive in the country.