TV Guide Blues
Kevin Drum is searching in vain to provide adequate replacement for the television listings until recently published as a supplement to the Sunday L.A. Times. Interestingly, I can’t recall the last time that I looked at a paper listing of television programs or wished that I had one. I seldom need to look to see when a program is coming on and when I do (usually for a sporting event or a one-time program like a political debate or presidential speech), I simply go online.
I grew up with “TV Guide” and later also needed the newspaper supplement to deal with cable offerings. My parents still look for individual shows to watch but find them almost exclusively by the “TV Guide Channel” available on their cable system.
Nowadays, my wife and I simply set the DVR to record all episodes of the programs we like and watch them at our convenience. For the most part, I don’t even know what days the shows I watch come on, let alone the time. Indeed, were it not for the giant logos they insist on superimposing on the screen, I wouldn’t even know what network broadcast them.
I wonder whether my practice or Kevin’s is more usual these days.