Thursday, January 22, 2009

A Brief Rant of Little Import

I was just reading about how Obama's inauguration did not break Ronny's viewership record and thus, was not the most watched. Isn't that kind of like using book sales to measure how many people have read a particular book? I know that CNN and CSPAN both had clogged websites from the amount of viewers watching the inauguration. So its fine to say that Ronny had more people watching on TV than Obama did, just as I would assume more people listened to FDR's address than Reagan's. Internet consumption of visual material is every bit as real as those consumed through traditional channels. In other words, eat it television....

5 comments:

Comrade Kevin said...

Did it matter, does it now?

Sal Kilmister said...

Not at all, hence the title. I just felt the need to get that off my chest. Now that I have, I wonder why it was even there to begin with.

Randal Graves said...

Oh, blah. There's nothing wrong with a little rant now and then.

puddy said...

well... it matters when considering the paradigm shift in electronic communication that has taken place over the last 25-30 years. a shift that apparently left neilson (and others) in the dust. that itself merits discussion to an IT geek like myself. you see, i have this theory about the "human organism". among its biological imperatives is to be able to relay sensory perception "among" the entire organism instantaneously - much like the human nervous system (republicans excluded for obvious reasons). the mechanism is not unlike how ants communicate among themselves. by leveraging both synchronous and asynchronous communication, the internet is able to provide a much richer experience, and by virtue of its increasingly ubiquitous international presence, has established a much broader reach. think of a global information buffet... the only problem, often times the food at the buffet sucks.

Dick Tremayne said...

Reagan must have had that same "rock star" appeal that conservatives tried to stain Obama with.