Many TiVo users say they bought the device thinking it would allow them to take greater control of their TV watching. Instead, they find themselves burdened with another obligation in their already filled day. Kevin Coto, a financial systems consultant in New York City, can relate. "I get to the point now where I skip going to the gym so I can keep up with watching "Dawson's Creek" reruns," which are broadcast for two hours each day, he said. "I look forward to when they end so I won't be stressed."In the BoingBoing article Cory Doctorow says:
When I first got my TiVo, having a lot of programming on the drive felt like someone had done me a large favor; but over time, it felt almost like a nag: here's all this "work" I've got piled up for you to do.It's probably best that he got rid of his TiVo. If watching TV is work, then you shouldn't have one. Doctorow goes on to say:
Of course, this isn't specific to TiVo -- any PVR has this effect, as does an RSS reader, mail reader and so on: the unread/unwatched/undealt-with flags that define my life multiply, and my personal time does not.While it's true that in today's world we have many more things to keep an eye on including voice mail, email, TiVo, etc... The amount of stuff increases every year, but so do our tools to deal with them. For example, my ReplayTV gives me a synopsis of each show that it records, so that I can delete it without watching it. I've found that the Replay generally records several more hours of TV than I will actually want to watch, but it's not a problem because I just skip the shows I've already seen or am not interested in. The same goes for things like email and the www. I use an excellent RSS reader which I use to keep up with about 50 www sites a day. The software downloads each post on each site and I can make a very quick decision about reading the full post. Many times I'm not interested and I skip it. Finally email. I get several hundred messages a day. If I were to try to read them all in depth, I wouldn't have time to do anything else. I use filters and a good mail reader to sort, prioritize, and classify my mail. I throw out the spam, I skim the mailing lists, and I read and respond to the personal messages. What I'm getting at is this: Yes, there are more things to keep track of today than there used to be. Yes there are more pieces of information flying at us all the time. However, the efficient use of computing can help us to fish in the sea of information where all we really want is the big catch.