I was sitting here, browsing the Internet, when something reminded me of the TV Guide logo (the red box, white text), and I tried to think of the last time I actually *used* a TV Guide. But it must have been before we moved to Indiana (in 1994) and got cable, because cable had a TV Guide Channel, I believe. nnAnd then I started to think about how primitive the TV Guide was (although, it was usually 100% accurate). Literally a spreadsheet (like Excel) of shows that would be on television, and their times and duration. It was also chock full of small stories (about shows and specials that were premiering), so it was kind of like a guide/magazine. Some know this all too well, some reading this have no idea what I am talking about. nnBut with the “slow” media of the time (early-90s and prior), and still having television sets with nobs and dials on them (some people had the kind with buttons that were pressed or/and had remotes. We were poor – it was was 1990 before we even got a television in color), it *made sense* to look up what one wanted to watch *before hand*, so they were not channel surfing while crouched in front of the television, turning the dial in vain, trying to find something worth a damn to stare at for 30-60 minutes. And the media moved at such a slow (and pre-programmed) pace (weekly schedules!) one could easily plan ahead, and not waste time with *this* show or *that* show if it was something they didn’t truly want to spend time watching.nnSo, that is certainly the most notable difference in my life (38 years of it so far) between 1990 and now – the *speed* with which media occurs. At one time (before 1990) it could be ingested, deliberated upon, thought about, discussed, acted upon, and now it is just a constant “hum” of good/bad/mostly bad stuff occurring ALL the time.nnAnd I *would* say the pace/speed of media is bad/toxic, but really, it is just a matter of whether or not the person (the *individual*) chooses to consume it, or not. It’s *always* there, it’s *always* on, and it’s *always* accessible, so now the responsibility lies with the consumer (or would-be consumer) of said content on whether or not they will, in fact, consume that media.nnAn exercise in self-control is what it comes down to, essentially. What camp anyone falls into (a LOT of media, SOME media, or NO media) makes zero difference to me. I am in the camp of NO media, but that’s for my own mental health, and nothing else.nnJust taking note

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