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October 5, 2013

A new way to watch television

As a society we love entertainment. Some people like to read books, some people like to play sports and some like to watch television. Over past few decades, television consumption has become the dominant form of entertainment for many people. Like many from my generation, I grew up watching TV with my family and friends. Looking back at past experiences, I’ve come to the realization that television has had a profound impact on my life.

My generation – the Millennials – identify with television and digital media more than any other generation. Over the past 10 years, many innovations have been made in regards to television, one of which has truly revolutionized how we watch TV: the advent of TiVo and the DVR. Gone are the days of waiting a week for your next episode, and scheduling your day around the air-time of your favorite show. DVR has made it possible to watch anything at any time on multiple devices. This invention has strengthened the way viewers interact with their beloved shows and with each other. Additionally with the explosion of social media, television now has the power to give us a sense of community.

My connection with television and people began at a young age. When I was growing up I was usually stuck watching whatever shows my mother or father were watching – the fact that I might not be interested didn’t matter. Although I of course complained as a kid, I now realize the shows my parents watched will stick with me forever. Today, the Law and Order theme music still conjures up memories of days spent with my mother watching episodes back-to-back. Although I didn’t have a burning passion for Law and Order, the joy of spending time with my mother drew me into the show.

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