- Posted by Johanna on January 5, 2007 at 9:33 pm
- Category: Meta
I was thinking the other day of how modern culture has changed my take on enjoyment.
We live in a time when you can get any movie or TV show or book you want. For filmed entertainment, you simply order a DVD or subscribe to a cable channel or do some searching online or, in worst case, see if you can find someone on Usenet who’s willing to dub it for you. (That’s how I got my complete run of Probe, Isaac Asimov’s series, for my final paper in television class.) For print, if it’s not available for internet purchase, there’s inter-library loan.
And yet… lately, I find myself thinking that I don’t need to repeat things. I really enjoy watching Bones, for instance, but only in first run. I don’t need to rewatch episodes I’ve already seen, because I won’t learn anything new about the characters (and the cases are pretty gross).
Similarly, I’m getting rid of more and more of my books and comics. I’ve got more than I’ll ever be able to read, let alone reread. The good ones, those I’ll want to revisit in future years, I keep, of course, but that’s not a majority of what comes into the house these days. I’d rather not have the psychic hassle of all these karmically weighty objects around the house.
In short, I’m taking more pleasure in the experience, less in the object. And I think it’s a good thing.