Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
I have enough pet peeves to be able to gather up 52 of them in a year, so I thought I’d replace my defunct Trump column with Pet Peeve Wednesday. For a while, at least.
Up first is this annoyance: There’s too much video on the internet.
I don’t know how much time in the day you have, but if I’m going to consume several gigabytes of information from dawn to dusk, I don’t have time to watch a bunch of five-minute videos. Even respectable news organizations like The Times are starting to plunk videos on my screen in place of thoughtful articles. And often the video is just a person speaking the words that I would rather have read myself, at my own clip, i.e., faster than she’s reading it. In fact, I’d probably skim the thing, or bail out after two paragraphs. With a video you keep hoping the payoff will be worth the time investment.
Here’s a good example. Want to know how come train tickets are so expensive? I’d like to read about that for about 90 seconds, but instead I’ll have to watch a 12-minute video. No thanks. I don’t care that much why train tickets are so expensive. I care 90 seconds’ worth.
But heck, I’m not such a curmudgeon that I don’t like to indulge now and then in a talking-dog vid or a great musical performance. But Ted Talks? Forget it! I’d rather stare into space for half an hour than watch some guy with a wireless mic headset walking back and forth and telling me I’m doing everything wrong in my life. If he has a good point to make, I prefer to read it and not imagine his annoying hand movements the whole time.
Closely related to internet video are podcasts, which I can’t listen to unless I’m in the car. I can’t read or write while listening to someone talking, and since I work at home I’m seldom in the car. There are millions of hours of podcasts out there begging for my attention, but I can’t do it. Life’s literally too short.
The internet used to be all about reading. A web page used to look like a lot of writing with a picture or two, and we liked it! Now it’s all in your face and flashy. We’re addicted to shiny objects.
Sorry, it’s just a pet peeve of mine: There’s too much video on the internet.
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