If you’ve not seen the 39 Second Single, you must immediately go to http://www.39secondsingle.blogspot.com/ and watch the six available episodes. They’re brilliant. They’re short. They’re the future of TV, or rather, disposable entertainment.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean disposable as in inconsequential. I mean that these aren’t going to DVD anytime soon, at least not without a movie deal. The first episode is the best, which is obviously pretty important for an online series. But now I’m hooked and the subsequent episodes are like onlinevideocrack-hits. Feel free to quote me on “onlinevideocrack”.
But really, if there were more online video series of this quality, why would you need the network/cable junk? True, there are some gems out there in the 30-minute/hour sitcom/drama format, but by and large, it’s crap. Emeril, for all his success, would be much more tolerable in 2-5 minute bits. Existing ‘legacy’ media formats are dying. My dad is almost sixty, for crissakes, and ALL HE DOES IS READ BLOGS. It was the weirdest sensation when I was home a couple weeks back. There’s my dad, be-robed, sitting in the living room with a cup of coffee and the glow of his widescreen HP laptop. He knows every Windows shortcut, and I think the biggest problem in his life is that there’s no “minimize” keystroke.
On a related note, did you notice that both 24 and American Idol are planning 4-hour season premieres? That seems crazy to me. Weren’t attention spans supposed to be dwindling?
By the way, middle-fi blogs are still fun.