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Sunday, June 11, 2006
What is the best-before date on news?
I was going to watch them this week, in order to ease gently in the absence of The Hour, but then Alana suggested I save those episodes for sometime in August when The Hour withdrawal really starts to kick in.
But I'm not certain that's the best approach. Firstly, although the show is so much more than just a recital of the day's news, there is still the question of pertinence to what is currently happening in the world. Some segments I know will be timeless, but others, well, they will indeed be old news by then. And we all know how pop culture disdains anything old. The nostalgia cycle seems to be shortening with each decade, so that something that was fashionable 5 years ago is already a candidate for an old-school label and ripe for recycling. I think it is tied in with our collectively shortened attention span.
So how will June's events translate to being viewed in August? Who knows? I would suspect that The Hour will fare better than a lot of other offerings though.
But by August, I will hopefully have been sufficiently weaned from my addiction to The Hour so that I no longer have cold sweats. I'll be onto something else - cycling or gardening or having a glass of wine with the neighbours. I'll be outside enjoying the summer. Watching those two episodes won't have quite the same impact at that time. But believe me, come September, I am going to be glancing longingly at the tv again, waiting for the launch of season three.
And then I'll be coming back inside the house and claiming my spot on the couch.
- Barbara B.