my partner and I were having a conversation the other day about a couple of the shows from the US that we both love. She is a huge fan of the ‘after show’ show’s on YouTube and can’t wait to see what happens next. Most times these shows are aired on YouTube directly after the show in the US so she will know what happens before we get the episode over here because of the spoilers. It’s infuriating because she invariably lets things slip which spoils the whole thing for me. I prefer to watch events unfold as they are supposed, rather than know before hand.
This got me to thinking of how the internet, a wonderful thing at its core, has nurtured the ‘I want it, and I want it now’ culture. What has happened to patience, to waiting for things to unfold as they should at their natural pace? If you want something you can have it now. Delivery times from Amazon have gone from several days to next day service, everything has its price and you can have it when you want it.
How far will this attitude go do you think? will people start to skip through a film to the end because they can’t be bothered to watch the whole thing, or because they can’t be bothered to wait until the end? Will book buyers open a book, read the first few pages and then skip to the last page to see what happened?
I do hope not, as a writer I like to tell a story that captivates the reader, one that captures the reader in such a way so that they can’t wait to read what happens next. If this culture of inability to keep secrets pervades then everyone who tells a story, whether it be in print or on the screen will have their hard work undermined. I know it will continue, it’s not so much a trend anymore as a natural thing. I will just have to hope that enough people still prefer, as I do to wait and exhibit patience. The outcome is far more satisfying that way, don’t you think?
See you soon.