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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
5/30/2017 10:05:45 PM
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Re: Friends
vnewman,

As another data point, I can watch a fire a great deal longer than I can watch a television. For one thing it's the perfect thing to watch while listening to a story.

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
5/30/2017 10:03:46 PM
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Re: Friends
I actually "watch" TV only when pressured into it by family, so typically while I am on a couch where a TV is on, I'm reading articles or books on my smartphone.  (I often explain this to family as 'if you're going to make me sit in the room with a television at least let me have something interesting.')

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Michelle
Michelle
5/30/2017 9:44:08 PM
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Re: Friends
@dc I like to think we'll see some data from Pew in the near future. We're all wondering what everyone else does while watching TV.

(I'm reading and typing on a laptop while the TV is on)

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vnewman
vnewman
5/30/2017 2:21:55 PM
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Re: Friends
Let's not forget the affordability factor - smartphones are (mostly) an expensive endeavor and there are some segments of the population who simply cannot afford it.  So what do you do for entertainment then?  You have a TV.

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vnewman
vnewman
5/30/2017 1:39:33 PM
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Re: Friends
@JohnBarnes - Exactly!  I made a similar point not that long ago in another column.  Without a TV, what would people gather around?  A fireplace maybe, but it depends where you live in the country and you can only stare at a fire for so long.  I'd bet if you take out the TV entirely and put a circle of chairs together in a room, you'd see everyone in the house sitting in those chairs watching their own personal devices and not interacting much at all.

You are on the money with thinking this kind of behavior (having something to watch/listen/passively do together as a group experience) has been ingrained into our collective unconscious.  

 

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dcawrey
dcawrey
5/30/2017 12:53:36 PM
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Re: Friends
Interesting read. 

What I'd like to know more about is the interaction between smartphones and television. It certainly is having a big impact on how we all view media, but I'm not sure there is any good data out there about it. 

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Michelle
Michelle
5/29/2017 8:11:27 PM
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Re: Friends
"Hidden strengths" eh? Have you discussed your theory with other instructors? You might be onto something. We are stuck (or appear to be) on the lecture format.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
5/29/2017 7:46:53 PM
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Re: US Smartphone Penetration Hits 80%, but Still Lags TV
we've got elements of it as we are able to talk to our FireTV to decide what we will watch and when Cortana talks back to us--elements of it are arleady there--exciting..and escary at the same time!!

Onward to June...may we be ever so excited ever more!!

 

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
5/29/2017 7:37:46 PM
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Re: US Smartphone Penetration Hits 80%, but Still Lags TV
Ariella, Mike Pouraryan,

In another sense, of course, the culture as a whole and the communications industry in particular is always setting what streams in the background. That's going to be another interesting aspect of tv you can talk back to, I suspect.

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
5/29/2017 7:35:22 PM
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