I have a whole thing about television, a thing that I have tried to develop into a sincere and meaningful post about the prevalence of video feeds and podcasts on today’s web. Until I get all that ironed out in my head, please read, savor, and think about this brilliant speech by a seemingly brilliant fellow.
In “Gin, Television, and the Social Surplus“, author Clay Shirkey makes more points than a spear factory.
Did you ever see that episode of Gilligan’s Island where they almost get off the island and then Gilligan messes up and then they don’t? I saw that one. I saw that one a lot when I was growing up. And every half-hour that I watched that was a half an hour I wasn’t posting at my blog or editing Wikipedia or contributing to a mailing list. Now I had an ironclad excuse for not doing those things, which is none of those things existed then. I was forced into the channel of media the way it was because it was the only option. Now it’s not, and that’s the big surprise. However lousy it is to sit in your basement and pretend to be an elf, I can tell you from personal experience it’s worse to sit in your basement and try to figure if Ginger or Mary Ann is cuter.
Mary Ann, obviously, and she’s hip to the ganja.
I intend to develop this further, so keep an eye out.
I stole the graphic from here. Note that while Elvis usually used a .38 to kill TVs, he may have used the .45ACP this time. The Beatles must have been on Ed Sullivan again.