[Beowulf] Sidebar: Vista Rant
gerry.creager at tamu.edu
Wed Jul 18 16:53:05 EDT 2007
Joe Landman wrote:
> Jim Lux wrote:
>> At 10:38 AM 7/18/2007, Joe Landman wrote:
>>> Jim Lux wrote:
>>>> The average person spends roughly 3700 hours per year consuming
>>>> enetertainment, of which more than 3500 are some form of audio or
>>>> video (i.e. not reading)
>>> I would love to hear where that data came from.
>> Here's the breakdown... hours per person per year
>> for year 2004
>> Filmed Entertainment:
>> Cable and Satellite TV 1010
> Whoa... 1010 hours?
> Thats 11.5% of a day, every day, watching cable tv ... 3 hours.
>> Broadcast TV 782
> 8.9% of the day watching broadcast TV (2.1 hours)
>> Consumer Internet 189
> I wonder what this means ...
>> Home Video 78
>> Box Office 13 (e.g. movies and live theater)
>> Interactive TV 3
>> Subtotal 2075
> Uh... I must be wayyyyy behind in my entertainment quota. Will the
> entertainment police stop by and force me to watch Oprah?
>> Broadcast and satellite radio: 1035
> Er... Another 3 hours per day.
>> Recorded music 180
>> Daily Newspapers 169
>> Consumer Magazines 118 (obviously, this doesn't include reading Trans
>> Consumer Books 107
>> Video Games 71 (which seems low to me, but perhaps its strangely
>> Subtotal 1680
>> These were summarized in a presentation I got a few years back, but
>> they're based on data (in part) from a source like this:
>> which has 2006 numbers..
> ummmm someone (mpaa cough cough) is *seriously* overestimating some
>> Take a look at slide #49
>> Now, clearly, these numbers are used as marketing stuff for filmed
>> entertainment, so they're going to try and show as much film and as
> Ok, I am just caught up with how wrong their data seems. I have
> internet radio on in the background while I code/think... does that make
> it 16 hours a day I consume things?
> Am I alone in thinking these numbers are screwy? Or I am so far behind
> in my own self-entertainment quota that a month long vacation is
> mandated with a force fed diet of DRM protected movies, radio, ...
If I allowed data like this to creep into presentations or theses my
grad students put forward, I'd lose my job! I realize my entertainment
often looks like revising weather models, and my wife thinks I should
take her to more movies but I couldn't achieve these numbers even if I
was what passes for Normal in our home town!
Gerry Creager -- gerry.creager at tamu.edu
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