How many books do you read in a year? How many TV shows do you watch? How many movies do you see?
We’ve all seen the news: media experts, marketing geniuses, and those super nerdy guys who get off on the most finite of demographic details say the internet will be the undoing of old-school media. We’re spending so much time online, web surfing has replaced the trusty scapegoat anathema of my childhood: watching television. Newspapers — doomed for so many years, anyway — are all but a quaint footnote of an antiquated past in a History of Mass Media lecture course. And movies… Oh, Hollywood, you desperate, overmade fool. Of course online video games are out-selling your latest blockbusters. Your product blows and The Cynical Generation (about whom the experts and nerds are all in a tither to begin with) aren’t going to pay $10 per ticket to be dulled 131 minutes closer to death.
Having been born in 1972, I’m just beyond the cutoff of the actual nethead crowd. In other words, while I do remember a time before computers, I’ve had access to mass information systems my entire adult life. Could be a valuable perspective; could be folly. Since I’m a fan of activities which save space at the table for both, I began a personal project to track just how much old-school media I still consume over the course of one year.
Er… 366 days because February is all fancy and supersized for 2012.
Do I read as many books as I like to think I do? Am I a throwback couch-tater, glazed-eyed before the flickering screen, remaining true to the anthem of my youth: here we are now; entertain us. Do I watch any movies?
If you would like to see all posts from my 366 Days of Media Consumption project, click the media-consumption tag here, in my sidebar, or at the bottom of any project-related post.
(This project was inspired by Stephen Soderberg’s 2011 Reading and Watching List and Jack’s Views List of the Year Project.)