TV's Lost That Fleeting Feeling
from the it's-all-on-record-now dept
One of the more interesting stories to look for in the tech world is the unintended consequences of new technology that can often change the way you view something else. For example, television programming was always a "fleeting" media. If you missed something on television, you missed it. That was it. If you caught a rare moment on TV, then you were lucky. Over the years, technology has eaten away at that fleeting nature of television. First, it was the VCR and then the DVR. However, as the NY Observer notes, these days, it seems like YouTube has totally obliterated the fleeting nature of TV. Nowadays, if anything interesting, different or amusing happens on TV, you can pretty much guarantee that it will be available on YouTube within a few hours, and then passed around rapidly via sites like Digg. In fact, the author notes that he's gone back and now seen "fleeting" moments from TV in his past that he figured he'd never see again (and isn't always thrilled with what he saw the second time around). This isn't necessarily to say that it's a good or bad thing, but that people are starting to view what they see on TV as something entirely differently than the way it was viewed just a few years ago.