Maybe I am behind the times (I usually am, so this isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t surprising), but I just cannot get into online video. I have tried and tried, but for some reason itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just not for me. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get into YouTube, I have never used HuLu and despite my best efforts I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t care enough to go to network websites to watch new content. Because part of my role on this blog is to examine why I love (or why I am apathetic to) media, I spent some time trying to figure out why it is that online video just isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t for me. This is what I realized:
For me, television is a communal technology; I only really watch it when IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m with my girlfriends. I have the news on in the morning, and Food Network on when IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m cooking or just hanging out, but I only really watch TV and DVDs of shows when I am with my friends. The fun of television is reacting to it with a group of people; online video just isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t conducive to this kind of group viewership. Now, I should say that I havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t gotten into TV shows like I used to Ã¢â‚¬â€œ primarily because there just wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t new content because of the writerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s strike. It is possible that when new shows draw me in, I wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be able to miss episodes and might seek them out online. Who knows.
On a more practical note, my laptop is four years old and doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like streaming video. Watching anything online tends to be a long and frustrating process. I will be getting a new laptop soon, so this will soon be a non-issue.
The computer is a workhorse Ã¢â‚¬â€œ itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what I use to get stuff done. Other than Facebook and blogs, most of what I do online is work or school-related. I just donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t seek out entertainment online.
I should say that all of this has the potential to change drastically in the next few months. I am not sure that I will subscribe to cable, so itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s possible that if I want any television entertainment, I will need to start loving online video. As of now, however, I just can't get into online video.