It seems simple enough. I’m just sitting in my beloved recliner, watching a little something on TV.
And then, completely out of the blue, some random person will come walking onto the screen. Well, I say to myself, this must have something to do with the show I’m watching. So I divert my attention to the little person (or half person) to see what’s going on.
What’s going on is one of the most confusing and distracting things they’ve come up with yet.
The random person has nothing to do with the current show I’m watching. It’s an advertisement for a totally different show. So now I’m trying to remember where I was in the story on my show and try to catch up. Wait… What? What did she say? Great – I just missed the pivotal scene of the whole show. All the characters will refer to it but never say it, and I’ll be left thinking uncharitable thoughts about the character who invented random people.
Just because we have the technology to do something doesn’t mean we should.
I’m not a multi-tasker. I admit it. I used to be, but those days are long past. I turn a show on because I want to watch that show, not be continually distracted by these people and words and such at the bottom of the screen.
At the very least, we now have the channel logo and Twitter name. At the worst, we have an actual Twitter feed going across the bottom. Or a question to be answered on Facebook.
Admittedly, I don’t watch much in the way of sports. I like to watch Alabama and Auburn football and that’s about it. I know the basics of football, like there’s 4 quarters, you’ve got 3 tries to make 10 yards, stuff like that.
But there’s something else you need to watch these games: extremely good eyesight. All those little boxes on the bottom and top of the screens are horrible! They all have numbers in them that are constantly changing. By the time I’ve located the box I’m wanting, I’ve missed a key play. Of course, they show you the play about 50 times from about 50 different angles, but, still it would have been nice to see it when it actually happened.
I guess that’s mainly why I watch QVC. Then all I have to complain about is shipping and handling…
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