The meaning of TV has changed

by phil on Friday Mar 20, 2009 12:37 PM
dlog, medium is message stuff

While I do less watching TV these days, I still manage to catch great moments in television.

Today, I just saw Jay Leno's full interview Barack Obama. At the end of it, Jay Leno says, "Well Mr. President, I must say this has been one of the best nights of my life."

This morning, Barack Obama sent a holiday message to the Iranians.

The other day, Jon Stewart landed one of the most signature moments in this financial crisis by knocking Jim Cramer in the solar plexus.

And I love this kind of viewing. Pre-Internet, TV was this semi-constant stream of entertainment. Post-Internet, it's like week-after-week, something really amazing happens on TV, and now everybody gets to enjoy the full thing. No need to wait for the 6 o'clock news to recap a small snippet of something funny on TV. No need to say, "hey, did you see such-and-such" and be disappointed when they haven't—just send them a link.

I wonder what television will mean 10, 20 years from now.

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