[Beowulf] Sidebar: Vista Rant
James.P.Lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Wed Jul 18 14:04:39 PDT 2007
At 01:28 PM 7/18/2007, Joe Landman wrote:
>>Here's the breakdown... hours per person per year
>>for year 2004
>>Cable and Satellite TV 1010
>Whoa... 1010 hours?
>Thats 11.5% of a day, every day, watching cable tv ... 3 hours.
That's quite plausible (sad, but plausible)
>>Broadcast TV 782
>8.9% of the day watching broadcast TV (2.1 hours)
>>Consumer Internet 189
>I wonder what this means ...
I think that's seeing filmed entertainment via internet (youtube and the like)
>>Home Video 78
>>Box Office 13 (e.g. movies and live theater)
>>Interactive TV 3
>Uh... I must be wayyyyy behind in my entertainment quota. Will the
>entertainment police stop by and force me to watch Oprah?
>>Broadcast and satellite radio: 1035
>Er... Another 3 hours per day.
Easy, if you have a commute or listen to background music.
>>Recorded music 180
>>Daily Newspapers 169
>>Consumer Magazines 118 (obviously, this doesn't include reading Trans ACM)
>>Consumer Books 107
>>Video Games 71 (which seems low to me, but perhaps its
>>These were summarized in a presentation I got a few years back, but
>>they're based on data (in part) from a source like this:
>>which has 2006 numbers..
>ummmm someone (mpaa cough cough) is *seriously* overestimating some things.
>>Take a look at slide #49
>>Now, clearly, these numbers are used as marketing stuff for filmed
>>entertainment, so they're going to try and show as much film and as
But of course...
>Ok, I am just caught up with how wrong their data seems. I have
>internet radio on in the background while I code/think... does that
>make it 16 hours a day I consume things?
Sure enough, it does. Thank you for doing your part to keep the average up.
>Am I alone in thinking these numbers are screwy? Or I am so far
>behind in my own self-entertainment quota that a month long vacation
>is mandated with a force fed diet of DRM protected movies, radio, ...
I would venture to guess that the average list member is not
representative of the average media consumer. Consider, for
instance, that 100 odd hours per year reading books. I probably
spend half that in the bookstore and library just deciding which books to read.
And, of course, all those nights when I curl up with RGB's clustering
handbook in front of the fire with the cat on my lap don't count,
because that's not really a "consumer book".
But you're right, you're not pulling your weight in keeping the
entertainment industry going. Since I am a former participant in
that industry, I can only say that I think you need to get cracking
and start consuming entertainment media.
James Lux, P.E.
Spacecraft Radio Frequency Subsystems Group
Flight Communications Systems Section
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Mail Stop 161-213
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena CA 91109
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