Will We Ever Watch TV Together Again?

Friday, May 25, 2012


Web TV services, DVRs, and on-demand TV encourage us to ignore the broadcast schedule and watch at our convenience. So what will become of the experience of watching the same show at the same time as your friends? Bob sits down with David Carr, media critic at the New York Times and Matt Zoller Seitz, New York magazine's TV critic, to see if the water cooler will evolve or perish.


David Carr and Matt Zoller Seitz

Hosted by:

Bob Garfield

Comments [3]

MK from Berkeley, CA

I grew up in the 50s when we gathered for TV shows, from Disney to Ed Sullivan. But the choices were limited and you could not watch them any other time. I have had cable TV since it was available. But recently the choices, while many, were not what I wanted to see when I wanted to see them.

So I cancelled my cable TV and spend that monthly amount for a monthly donation to my local PBS/NPR station. I stream everything else. I do pay for HuluPlus and Netflix. Still less expensive than the monthly cable.

I would rather have control of what I want to watch when than to abide by the schedules to watch with more than myself.

May. 28 2012 08:16 PM

The necessity of 'syncing' is tactile community we were apart of when we watched together, with all that was occurring while that was happening that we weren't verifying with Louie eyes, only. How's that grab you?

May. 28 2012 04:19 AM
ramesh from Newyork

This definition of 'social viewing' leaves out the 'compromising' among family members. I do not think every member of the family liked every segment but still they used to sit through because there was ONE screen in home. With personalized screens family members do not have to force themselves any more. Children grown up in such environment may never practice compromise. Man who did not compromise with his sister as a boy may not make compromise with his colleagues in future. This is already having impact in many aspects of our life and seems is going to increase further.

May. 26 2012 11:18 PM

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