How to Prepare for a Power-Watch

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You’ve caught that noxious flu going around, or you’re hungover and decided to call into work dead. This is bad news because you feel like crap, if you feel like crap. On the other hand, this is also great news, because now you have an excuse to eschew that which society deems ‘valuable’ and catch up on some of those shows your friends watch and won’t stop telling you about repeatedly until you want to kill them. This is your rare opportunity for a true TV binge, but don’t get caught with your pants down. If you’re going to be a true power watcher, you need preparation for when the day arrives. This is the official I Like Weird Stuff power watching guide.
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One More Episode: The Rise of Power-Watching

The "One More Episode" sketch from Portlandia

The “One More Episode” sketch from Portlandia.  Watch on Youtube.

The current cyclical release standard of television shows is becoming obsolete. More and more people are signing up for services like Netflix and Hulu Plus to watch entire multi-season runs of shows all in a few sittings. Online streaming sites are showing full seasons of shows from servers located across the world. Bittorrent sites offer shows in single season or multi-season torrent packs. These methods of television consumption are becoming preferable now. The only question is, can the entertainment industry keep up?

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I like weird stuff.

 

I’ve set up this blog so I can talk about the weird shit that I enjoy.  Most of that is television.  I like television.  A lot.  I’m a certified television addict and I usually download hours upon hours of television to watch in huge stretches.  I once watched a whole season of Hell’s Kitchen in one day just because I was home sick.  It took me five days to watch the first season of LOST, and that was only because I had a stupid job to go to every day and could only watch when I got home.  I powered through 8 seasons of Roseanne, in a row, in under a month.  I love television because, unlike movies, you get to watch characters grow and change over years instead of over hours.  You invite them into your home every week and they entertain you without drinking all of your vodka and leaving popcorn crumbs in your living room carpet.  Television characters are the perfect friends.

I love my real life friends, too, and because of their own television obsessions, I’m introduced to new shows and ideas that are awesome and entertaining.  My friends might make an appearance here on this blog.  Well, I might just paraphrase them.  I don’t know yet.  I don’t care much yet, either.  This entire blog is mostly an exercise in writing and verbal diarrhea.

Sometimes the weird stuff I write about won’t be television.  It’ll be about music, or movies, or art, or something weird and strange I encounter that raises one of my eyebrows.  Sometimes I’ll be an academic.  Sometimes I’ll utter so many FUCKS that some people won’t be able to read it.  That’s the good thing about selfish expression.  I don’t really have to give much of a shit what people like or don’t like.  I get to be unabashedly selfish and anyone who has an issue with that can feel free to blow me.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy reading about television.  I’m an academic at heart that can’t help but micro-analyze television and then tell people about it, which makes me the most pretentious asshole I know.  If I can I will try and make you laugh, too.  Come back soon.

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