Everything and Nothing

Friday, October 18, 2002

Pieces of Friday Five:

On average, how much TV do you watch in a week?

Less than ten hours. I don't schedule any viewing, but just switch channels around for the most part, spending an average of two minutes before switching. Just like my choices in reading, my choices in viewing reflect my general apathy towards anything fictional. I think I should spend my time reading and watching things I can learn from directly, and not just make them my entertainment.

If you had the power to create your own television network, what would your line-up look like?

It will be news, analysis, documentaries, and non-fiction the whole day. I would buy programming from creative indie-thinking local outfits and help them in their business.

I used to proclaim that TV was made obsolete by the Internet because of the lack of interaction, but then I realized that you have to shut off your mind and watch passively for a while.

Come to think of it, people working in TV and media might have thoughts along mine. I have a recurring thought that everyone who uses a computer should also be a computer programmer. Likewise, everyone who watches TV should make their own shows too. But then again, gaining programming skills are not interested to the majority of computer users, and people who watch TV need separate gear to create their own material.

Here is a history of IBM Philippines at the Philippine Star. It's their 65th year anniversary in the country. There is no mention of it at their own website.


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