A New Way to Consume TV

I cut the cable cord years ago, only to bring it back briefly for my wife before I cut it again.

I realized that all I watched were sports which could be streamed online or watched in my apartment’s social room or at a friend’s house.

But as life gets busier I’ve taken further reductions to viewership. Now I just read Twitter to follow most games, catching the tweeted out highlights on YouTube or GIFs published by Buzzfeed a few minutes after the event happens. Coincidentally, Twitter is looking to monetize this emerging behavior with the media outlets.

Twitter is the perfect merger of radio and TV. It’s the primary screen plus listening tool. TV isn’t even background noise anymore.

I’m more and more digesting news in headlines, bit-sized media snacks, and reading or watching long-form when I’m really interested. TV consumption is just faster this way so I can focus on doing what I think is more important stuff, like writing this.

Keep on, moving on.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.