A year without a tv.
Back in the 1950’s Winky Dink And You (see above video) was at the forefront of interactive media. Kids were invited to participate in concluding every episode by literally connecting the dots using a transparent sheet placed on the television screen and drawing on it with special pens (they were just crayons).
Over half a century later the box in the corner avails a gargantuan amount of viewing options. Our interaction is mainly with the remote, which is used as a tool to carve through the immensity offered. Texting to vote on some karaoke-style show or choosing between which sport commentary is the depth of our interaction—most content is still a passive consumption one-way serving.
Just like the acetate used by the kids, we are simply completing the narrative proposed rather than defining a wholly original one for ourselves or even shaping its future.
There is another way…
Embrace the opportunity to find our own voice.
Rage and publish.
Aggregate and share.
Understand the power of creating your own media menu.
The world is not what the news tells you it is.
It is far sadder.
Develop your own media.
Your own message.
Take photos (nearly everyone reading this have a device which does this).
Comment like a fool (don’t just nod your head and move on).
Click all the buttons.
Try breaking the web (you can’t—I tried).
Talk to people.
Connect with people.
Ask them questions.
Set up an RSS aggregator.
Subscribe to a vast array of varying blogs and online spaces.
Understand the difference between curation and creation.
Craft a more balanced media diet.
Don’t accept the world as it is offered to you.
Get rid of your television and live longer, have more / better sex, look taller / slimmer / younger, earn more money, etc