Remember the good old days when you organized your life around your favorite shows? Bellbird at 6.40 just before the news, Mavis Bramston on Saturday nights and the pièce de résistance Awful movies with Deadly Earnest late on Fridays?
These days no one much sits around on Friday or Saturday nights so what we need is empowerment to watch and listen to our programs of choice at our time of choice.
Podcasts and Vodcasts are the answer to our prayers. And iPods, iPhones and all the other MP3 and MPEG-4 players will let you listen to and watch practically anything on your way to work on the train, or do it at home (or at work) on your PC.
At The Movies, The Gruen Transfer, even last Sunday’s movie of the week, are available for download from the ABC website. Or if you want to listen to the news or fascinating current affairs and documentary programs start your search at the BBC Podcast Directory. There’s stuff from all over the world you can download. Just search the web. Just check out any podcast directory.
In the words of Dirty Harry you need to know your limitations. Don’t drown yourself in choice.