Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Why TV Lost

A superb essay, by the ever phenomenal Paul Graham...


After decades of running an IV drip right into their audience, people in the entertainment business had understandably come to think of them as rather passive. They thought they'd be able to dictate the way shows reached audiences. But they underestimated the force of their desire to connect with one another.

Facebook killed TV. That is wildly oversimplified, of course, but probably as close to the truth as you can get in three words.



In any case, I am glad TV is losing out. Good riddance to such passive forms of entertainment...

4 comments:

Savitha Rao said...

Totally . The crap that masquerades as entertainment on Indian television channels is toxic .

Swapz said...

I am surprised that you find TV losing in India. I don't know the situation in US (never been there), but it is hell long till that will happen here. I am not sure whether it will be beneficial, though.

I admire Paul Graham immensely, but his posts of late simply wander around two things: Social Networking and Startups. You don't have a startup? Such a loser you are.

The "internet companies" which are "killing" TV are yet to find a decent source of income. Optional ad-generating clicks isn't quite a revenue generator in these times. Also, creating programs with quality (Say Smallville, Lost, Heroes) takes a bit of money power. That ain't happening anytime soon through these "Free" networks.

(Tangential to the discussion) To support piracy on the basis of convenience is something new I have seen in Paul's writing and I don't like it. Why, buying a pirated DVD from the guy downstairs in your lane is so convenient, but you don't seem to support it (going by the tone in your last few posts)

Neelakantan said...

Oh, Swapz, I did not say that this trend is mirrored in India. At all. Indeed, as you point out, we are far far away from it. All I say that Pauls thoughts mirror mine. Me and quite a few people I know, barely watch any TV except for some live events. What we thought, echoed in Pauls post.

workhard said...

And all those miserable soaps...

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