A few months ago, in response to a WSJ Online article, I mentioned the fact that my DVD watching habits had been radically altered by my Netflix subscription. Because of the paper I’m currently writing, I have been burning through lots of DVDs lately, but that remains the exception. I still let the DVDs I get from Netflix gather dust on my shelves, often for weeks or months at a time.
In the article I’m writing, I’m currently working through what Siva Vaidhyanathan calls the “paradox of abundance” made possible by TiVo, Netflix, and other similar services and happened to come across Brad Stone’s concept of “Netflix guilt” and didn’t want to lose track of it. Not sure I have much to add right now, but I still find these concepts useful for describing my own encounters with TV and DVDs.
Update: Not really related, but just thought I’d point to Bill Gates’s comments about what he sees as the convergence of TV and the Internet. Not sure there’s anything new here: broadcast TV will soon be abandoned because the internet is so much more flexible–you know the drill.