I was sitting around a table over the weekend, playing Cards Against Humanity in a quiet pub, with a few people from Beta Bar. Everyone started talking about the TV shows they were watching at the time, and I couldn't help but notice no one mentioned anything that was actually on TV. I can't even remember the last time I tuned in. Can you?
I put the question to the group in the pub, and only one person actually watched TV — and that was more of a nightly family tradition. Everyone was EZTV, Netflix, or just no time for TV at all due to gaming, reading, or work.
I know if I asked the same question to my family in western Sydney, the answer would be different. There'd probably be a "What's a Netflix?" in there somewhere.
But a growing number of people in my circles, even the ones with only one foot in the tech world, are increasingly turning away from the idiot box. There's nothing that really appeals to me on the ABC at the moment, and as for the other channels... I actually feel dumber when I watch them. When I hear about a show that's actually good on free-to-air, I'm genuinely surprised.
For some of the people in the group at the pub, it had been literally months since they flipped on the TV. Not even having the capability to watch it in their home was common. How about you? When was the last time you switched on? Is there anything good on that we might not know about?
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