Earlier this year I set out with the intention to keep a detailed media consumption record to track everything I gave my attention to in terms of music, films, podcasts, books and TV. Suffice to say, I fell off the bandwagon pretty fast in terms of keeping that list consistent and up-to-date. The days began to roll into themselves, one thing would lead to another and I’d end up eventually forgetting to record exactly what it is was that had fallen onto my radar.
One thing I discovered, after first starting that project back in January, is that it, at least first, it actually compelled me to go out of my way to actively consume more media. It made me hungry. And I wanted to see that list look prettier by throwing in at least one new entry per day.
Obviously that wasn’t sustainable, despite my best efforts.
But the experiment (which I am continuing by the way, although haphazardly) definitely taught me a few things. The first, that certain types of media are much more easier to consume than others. The second, that the sheer dichotomy of choice, at least in my case, indeed leads to that which the paradox of choice postulates.
Feelings of anxiety and distraction, plus the difficultly to remain attentive? That definitely comes with the on-going onslaught of newness in our life. Media, for its part, espouses that. We’ll never have enough time to watch, listen and read everything. Even if our friends or mentors implore us that we must. Read More