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Monday, September 25, 2006
Still checking the best-before date
Some of you may recall way back on June 11, that I posted the admission that I still had a couple of episodes of The Hour on tape, and I was soliciting advice as to when would be the optimum time to watch them – sit down with them immediately while the news was still the news, or save them for later in the summer and view them as a little slice of history instead?
At the time, this question actually morphed into quite a fascinating discussion in the comments about the nature of news casting and subsequently into the intriguing science behind tracking the viewing history of video clips on the Hour website.
But now the original question is once again haunting me because, you see, I still have the final episode of season two, unviewed, on tape. I will definitely watch it, but am trying to decide when and how to do so.
Should I watch it right away, to finally satisfy my curiosity about the final episode, or should I save it as a post-Thanksgiving dinner appetizer, if you will, to the start of the new season? Should I try to recall the state of the world in June 2006 before I watch it, or should I just dive in and enjoy it as a blast from the past? Is there a point to be made for ever delaying the viewing of a news program for this long (inadvertent though it may have been), or is the collective attention span and nostalgia cycle shortened to such an extent that this exercise would be pointless?
Or have I missed the boat entirely?