I’m about to say something that will horrify shock amaze my friends…
I read something written by Al Gore and I actually agree with him!
Oh – the horror! Agreeing with Al Gore isn’t something that a card carrying Libertarian should do right?
Ok – more to the point…what exactly is it I agree with?
It’s the amount of television that people watch on a daily basis which amounts to an average of 4 hours and 35 minutes per person!
That might not seem like much but look at it another way for a moment…
After you do your normal 8 hour workday in the US, add in a 1.5 hour average commute time, 6-8 hours of sleeping and 2 hours for eating…you’re left with 6.5 hours in your day to spend how you ‘want’.
And most people spend 3/4 of that time watching TV.
Now, I’d heard James Brausch talk about some tv statistics before (although he didn’t quote his source it was interesting), but I did not realize that watching TV was quite so rampant.
Ignoring the political elements of the discussion by bringing up Al Gore’s latest book The Assault on Reason, I find it extremely interesting that the internet is heading towards more and more video usage.
Witness the soon to be launched The Next Internet Millionaire – a reality based internet based show. Personally, I find reality shows about as fun to watch as paint drying. Whatever. I’m sure that Joel will make scads of money from this and there will be a wave of shows coming out on the internet soon that never even hit the Cable/Satellite channels.
Or, look at YouTube…depending on the exact dates you look at and whom you listen to, YouTube accounts for 2-4% of all internet traffic…That’s a lot of freaking video people!
So if you’re thinking that I’m going to start telling you to stop watching TV…well, that’s where you’re wrong. Honestly, I really don’t give a crap what you do in your spare time.
You can, however, use the information to your benefit by filling what the market – oh so obviously wants! Video and lots of it!
Of course, right now, you can throw a lot of crap against the wall and see what sticks. As more people enter the arena it’ll get more difficult and the videos will have to be better to compete.
Personally I find vlogs (Video Blogs) annoying because I just want them to get to the point already!