I have a confession. Whilst I know all about the idea of TV “on demand” services, even applaud them, I don’t use them. I don’t even think about it. Does that make me a bad person? A TV-holic friend of mine thinks so: every time I say I “missed” a programme (a rare occurrence, but can happen), she chastises me with, “But you have it at your fingertips!”
And it’s true, I do. I could easily call up BBC iPlayer (in my defence, I actually have at least twice, I even downloaded an episode of Ashes To Ashes but then forgot to watch it – FOR THIRTY DAYS); I could download 4OD or look at ITV or C5 catch ups of my favourite soaps, dramas and documentaries or sign up to a whole host of other options. But nothing moves me to move AWAY from my TV schedule, watching programmes when they’re put out – or not. What’s more, I NEVER press the red button.
“You can watch today’s TV – tomorrow.” One of the adverts say. What a great idea. I’m a busy person, I need never miss a programme I like or want to see ever again. So why don’t I???
I know what it is, of course. I’m OLD. This is what my mother meant when she said there would *suddenly* be new inventions, technology or ways of thinking that would suddenly seem irrelevant to me. And it’s happened! Already! In Ye Olden Days, aka My Era, if you missed a programme on TV you might get the chance of a repeat in soaps ominbus or another for a drama about six months later. THAT WAS IT. And I still live in those days, like my Gran who would never eat pizza because it was (and I quote) “foreign food”. Why am I finding it so hard to make the transition into “on demand”???
Because I am a stick in the mud.
I recall telling my friends when aged only 16 that cassettes were *way* better than CDs because they were “more portable”. I was also of the opinion the internet would “never catch on” – pages were only full of porn and students going on about their fave bands, after all. I have never even TOUCHED an iPod, let alone used one: I’ve not even listened to a podcast. I’ve never played on a games console and the only one in my ohouse is an old school PS2 my husband brought with him when we got married (I pick it up occasionally to dust underneath). PDAs are alien to me and a blackberry is only useful for jam. I resisted getting Freeview until LAST YEAR, I’ve never had Sky or cable. Minidiscs passed me by completely and the only music on my PC is stuff I’ve uploaded from CDs, I have no MP3s downloaded, legally OR illegally. But I do HAVE a CD player – there’s not one single cassette in my house now. I also have a laptop, but I bought it at Tesco, not one of those fancy shops. It’s not a Mac though. I’m not one of those people that think mobile phones are evil either, I love my phone – but I’ve had the same one for 4 years, it doesn’t even ring anymore.
Maybe I’ll catch up with the rest of you… In ten years. Just as well I’m only 28, hey?
What things seem completely irrelevant to you? Go on… Don’t be shy.