Know a Good Book or Movie?


Today’s Topic: Know a Good Book or Movie?

Last week, I wrote about how awesome getting that extra hour of daylight can be. In continuing that same line of thinking, how much free time do you have in an average day? Let’s see…you sleep about eight hours and work about eight hours, which is sixteen. Then add getting ready for the day, meals, chores, studying, traffic, and errands, which is about another four hours. Consider working out, talking on the phone with friends, going for a walk, watching your kids play soccer or perform in a dance recital, spending time with your significant other, and throw in a hobby or special interest or two, and the other four hours gets filled up pretty quickly.

So what about entertainment? What’s a fair measure of time that you spend on the leisure activities that I didn’t already include: television, listening to podcasts, web-surfing, watching movies, reading books, viewing online videos or enjoying the arts? At the most, you can spend an hour, two, maybe three a day going to the movies, turning on the computer or television, or grabbing a book.

There is an awful lot of content available that is vying for our attention – and the amount of available content continues to explode. How do you go about choosing your entertainment in a sea of content? When looking from the provider’s point of view, how do they differentiate themselves so that you are drawn to what they have to offer? It’s a difficult task, indeed. The odds of making a movie, writing a book, creating a podcast, having an art showing, etc., that actually gets seen are astronomical. How astronomical? Take at look at the numbers:

• There are 130,000,000 books in print with over 1,000,000 new titles being published each year.
• There are nearly 2,000,000 movies listed on IMBD.
• There are over 10,000 hours of television broadcast each day in the USA alone.
• There are over 150,000 different podcasts you can subscribe to.
• There are over 300 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute.
• In September of 2014, the Internet surpassed 1,000,000,000 websites.
• The Louvre alone has 35,000 paintings for you to contemplate.

If you spent as much as four hours of every single day of your life on various entertainment pursuits, you’d be able to enjoy an immeasurable fraction of the content that’s available.

So back to the question of how do you choose your entertainment? Do you use list providers, recommendations from friends, your own habitual actions, or do you just grab whatever floats to the top? Do your entertainment choices allow you to tune out, learn, relax, be stimulated, tap into your emotions, or fulfill some other personal needs?

As one of a gazillion providers of content – with lots out and lots more to come – I am acutely aware of the math of gaining readership and I really appreciate that you took a few minutes of your precious time reading this. If it sparks anything in you, then please pass a note along to your friends.

I love recommendations on movies, books, art, television, podcasts, and more – especially those that stimulate the mind and touch the heart – so if you have any good recommendations send them my way. Until then, here are a few movie quotes about content and content providers that come to mind on the subject…

“You artists, you painters, produce nothing that nobody needs never.” –Walter Matthau in Hello Dolly

“That’s part of your problem, you haven’t seen enough movies. All of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.” –Steve Martin in The Grand Canyon

“I once asked this literary agent what type of writing paid the best. He said, “Ransom notes.”” –Gene Hackman in Get Shorty

“It’s called reading. Top to bottom, left to right – a group of words together is called a sentence. Take Tylenol for any headaches. Midol for any cramps.” –David Spade in Tommy Boy