If you could only pick one, which would you choose and forego all the rest? Could you give any of these up permanently? That is the question you must answer in our random little thought experiment.
Below are six categories that comprise much of our produced entertainment opportunities (I’ve skipped sports, outdoor activities, social media, etc.). The idea of this thought experiment is to pick only one of these six for the rest of your life. The ones you don’t choose, you can never do again.
First, let’s acknowledge that many of these forms of entertainment overlap, intersect and meld together. That’s inescapable. Second, if you have a problem with the exact details, write to: c/o: Nobody Here at 123 So What Lane, Nevercareville, North Dakota. Your letter will be thoughtfully and painstakingly ignored.
So, remember you can only pick one of these at the expense of the other five. Are you prepared to take the challenge? I don’t think you can do it, quite frankly. These are all too much a part of our lives, there is too much at stake. Good luck. You’ll need it.
Books/Comics – Included:All published books in print or online; all comic books; all graphic novels; all audio books; all books on portable readers (e.g. Kindle). Not included: Books on fire at the neighborhood book burning (too hot to handle).
Stage – Included: all live stage productions (musical, drama, stand-up comedy, poetry/book readings, circus); all stage productions found on DVD/video or online. Not included: Anything just mentioned found on TV; musical soundtracks of stage productions.
Television – Included: All shows produced by and for television/cable networks (dramas, sitcoms, cartoons, reality, game shows, talk shows) either watched on television, internet or DVD; news and sports on TV; the edited movies shown on the prime time networks; made for TV movies; mini-series documentaries; music videos shown on TV; live concerts shown on TV; stand-up comedy shown on TV. Not included: Pay-per-view movies; music videos found online or anywhere outside of TV; Cop Rock (it should go without saying).
Movies – Included: All movies (foreign and domestic) and documentaries released in theatres; all direct to DVD/video movies; all pay-per-view movies on TV; all movies downloaded from the internet; all movies shown on airplanes/trains/buses. Not included: Made for TV movies; anything by Ed Wood (obviously).
Music – Included: All music released on CDs, vinyl, or internet; all music found on online music services; live concerts; concerts on DVDs/video or online; movie or stage production soundtracks; music videos online or on DVD/video. Not included: Anything just mentioned that is shown on TV (e.g. sorry Canadians, no Much Music); audio books.
Video games – Included: all video games on gaming consoles or computers; all video games on cell phones; all video games on portable devices. Not included: Video games played on TV at home or in hotel rooms; Elf Bowling (as fun as it might be…).
So, which would I pick, since I started this little thinking game? I’m honestly not sure I can pick only one. First, I would exclude video games and stage. I’ve played my share of video games, but I don’t play much anymore. I’ve seen quite a number of plays and musicals, etc. but it’s something that I could live without.
So, books, music, movies or television? Yikes…to be continued.