bethlauren

bethlauren

I enjoy analysing how people interact with different mediums (film, TV, literature, games) and what that reveals about a generation, culture or values in a changing world.

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The impact of web video on television habits

Analyse the impact of habitually consuming short (30 second – 10 minute) videos on our consumption of "traditional" television and film. Short videos on YouTube, Facebook and other social media outlets are consumed on-demand, generally tailored to our "interests" with skippable (or micro) advertisements. In contrast, television is impersonal, generic and heavily interrupted by ad breaks. The advent of Netflix and other online streaming services further primes viewers to expect on-demand content free of advertising. How will this shape the future of television and what does this on-demand expectation say about our changing attitudes, especially in light of millennial challenges in today’s world?

  • Our short attention spans are more tuned to watching stuff faster, on the go and based on our convenience. TV is bound to have a tough time keeping up. – Vishnu Unnithan 1 month ago
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bethlauren

Such a detailed article and thorough article. Black Mirror is almost too close for comfort; Nosedive is my favourite from Season 3.

Black Mirror: A Look at Modern Day Paranoia
bethlauren

Very thought-provoking. Loved the point made that the person who has read a book 12 times does not necessarily comprehend it better than the person who has read it once or twice. It depends on the person and, I think, the purpose for reading.

Why Reread Books? The Pros and Cons of Rereading
bethlauren

Free play certainly has a place in a child’s development, but what of the need to learn how to cope in disciplined, organised environments? The transition to adulthood is arguably more difficult for millennials precisely because they have grown up being told they can “do what they want to do and be what they want to do”, on their terms and at their own pace. This attitude is simply incompatible in many “adult” situations where a healthy dose of discipline, patience (even stoicism) and persistence would be preferable companions. I see no issue in my generation being able to “imagine”, but this alone doesn’t help us get that first home deposit, pay the mortgage, commit to a lasting relationship or respect our (often) baby boomer employers.

Free Play: The Social, Cognitive & Emotional Pay Offs of Allowing Whimsicality