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21 September 2009

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fosta

I understand, but I'm not sure I agree. The problem is that you're building a personal profile based around your current preferences. The glorious thing about broadcast TV is serendipity. granted, there's not a lot of great stuff on there, but there's good stuff. Last night I found an interesting programme on evolution (bbc4) just by flicking through the channels. Stephen Fry writes about this far more eloquently than me, but I'd be wary about pre-filtering all of your content, some stuff is better than you'd think from the title.

charlie gower

I understand your point, but I don't filter so tightly that I get no surprises I've just learned to make sure my serendipity is more delightful than annoying.
I discover documentaries on evolution through tighter recommendation systems (not social-graph based ones) and not through very broad filters like the BBC.

fosta

I getcha. But if you're always relying on recommendations, how do you discover any new stuff by yourself?

charlie gower

You say 'by yourself' do you mean finding a TV program on a channel? As that's the same as me reading a blog.
What would that be then? finding a book in the middle of an empty field?
I'm confused.
Nearly everything is currated to some level.
I'm enjoying this banter though ; )

fosta

yeah I agree.... there's no difference.

I guess my point is the part where you say 'I get what I want', meaning that you have a pre-conceived idea of what content to want to consume before approaching anything. Perhaps it's just me, but I often find it enlightening to force myself to watch/read things outside of my niche for a few reasons:

1. serendipity, it's nice to stumble across something I knew nothing about, nor even knew that I wanted to.
2. building as broad a knowledge as possible
3. Know your enemy, (sometimes I will read the sun / the mail, just to make sure I'm properly armed! (I must stress that i never pay for them though.... It's a bus/ train thing))

Not that you're wrong, there's a lot of shit out there, I suppose I'm the 'general knowledge' section of mastermind and you're the 'chosen specialist subject'.... maybe?

charlie gower

I agree with your reasons and I want that too. For example I don't Watch TV and the other day on a blog someone mentioned how good the volcano thing on BBC is and so I stumbled across it and then consumed it.
I just need tighter filters is all. I don't read the Mail though, brave man. I don't need any more anger in my life.

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