How Binge Watching Is Ruining My TV Experience

Okay, so “ruining” may be too harsh of a phrase, but my TV experience is definitely changing.

Since I’ve been home for winter break, I’ve watched 4 episodes of Breaking Bad, 9 episodes of Modern Family, and a whopping 31 episodes of Supernatural.

With Netflix as my sidekick, I’ve been able to watch TV without the suspense of waiting a week or even months if the episode happened right before a hiatus. In a way, I feel as though I’m cheating myself out of the true experience. 

As mad as I get when it happens, I love the anticipation that leads up to a new episode. The buildup that comes from thinking of the countless possibilities of what is next. “When will Swan remember who she is?” “How EXACTLY is Ted going to meet the mother?” “Is Carrie actually over Sebastian?” Every week I get to look forward to my questions being answered, even if I have to wait for more than one episode.

With the TV shows that I still follow on a weekly basis, I act like a six year old on Christmas sitting in front of the TV waiting for a season premiere. 

Netflix robs me of that anticipation and has completely changed the TV watching/series following experience. If something suspenseful happens, I don’t have to wait days to find the answers, and I also don’t have to stop and change DVDs. In fact, Netflix will automatically start playing the next episode, so I don’t have to move.

Binge watching changes TV shows into a movie-esque event. Yes, they’re still separated into episodes, but they all run together much like an extra long movie as compared to one puzzle piece at a time. If you look at binge watching as a really long movie or as a challenge of how many episodes can be watched in one day, then it brings a whole new experience that can be a different kind of magic than the suspense one day, week after week. It’s simply a whole different ballgame.  

We as a society are keen on instant gratification. We feel as though we should have exactly what we want the moment we realize that we want it. When it comes to television, services such as Netflix and Hulu+ give us the opportunity to binge on most of our favorite series without interruption and at our own pace. We’re able to satisfy our desire to know exactly what’s going to happen next without waiting for producers and TV stations to set time aside to slowly reveal answers. 

At the end of the day, I’m not going to be giving up Netflix binging any time soon. It’s just too much fun. I will, however, always set aside a show or two that I watch on a weekly basis in order to not give up the contemplation and sense of wonder that having to wait for a new episode brings into my life.

Opinions May Vary

(WARNING: Sorry in advanced if this seems incoherent. Just needed to ramble.)

I like to think that I’m a good person. Yes, I may not attend church every Sunday, and my life isn’t completely sin free, but that doesn’t change how I try to live my life.

Personally, I try to live with not only an open mind, but an open heart. Sometimes this proves difficult, and I fail, but I’m still trying! I can’t guarantee that I won’t judge someone every once in a while, but that’s what makes us human, right?

Everyday I try my hardest to love and support the people closest to me with everything I have because I know that they have my back. 

I try my best to not give others reasons to dislike me. 

I try to help others with anything that I can, even if it means putting their needs ahead of my own.

There’s not many people I’ve talked to about this, but I’ve spent a lot of time lately struggling with what I believe. I’m not quite sure what my beliefs are right now. When it comes down to it though, I’m trying to live my life as the best person I can be. That’s what’s truly supposed to matter, right?

 

 

Change Is Good & It’s Not Optional

Almost exactly three years ago, I was gifted a Nikon D3100 for Christmas. In the past three years it has seen an incredible amount of moments. It captured memories that will live in high school yearbooks and social media for years to come. It has also helped me find a passion that has led me to where I am today. Even if I had to, I couldn’t tell you how many thousands of pictures have been taken on that very camera.

I’ve done a lot of growing since 2010, and after looking at my Flickr account, I started thinking that my concert photography has come a long way. The very first show I shot after I got my new camera was for my friends in My Cardboard Spaceship Adventure at a church basement in Pittsburgh. This picture was one of my favorites for a long time. I thought I was so artsy and cool with the backlighting/shadows/classic Megan tilt. Looking at it now, I realize how much I just wasn’t trying. I was pointing and shooting without really thinking about the lighting or composition.

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Fast forward three years, and I’ve been given the opportunity to shoot a lot more shows than I ever thought possible. Ever since I started, I’ve loved concert photography. When I first started, most shows I shot were with My Cardboard Spaceship Adventure like the ones above. With their (and a few other bands) encouragement, I decided to take it further and start working with publications. Once I moved down to Nashville, I knew that it was something I wanted to do a lot more, and that’s exactly what I did.

By the time I started shooting for others, I knew I needed to learn more. I started working on shooting in manual mode so that I had complete control over every picture I was taking. I started looking to other photographers for inspiration. I did my homework and started working my hardest to keep getting better and better.

This past year I’ve gotten the opportunity to take pictures of some incredible artists, including a few that I’ve listened to for years. When I saw this picture of The Dangerous Summer, I saw how different my photos were. I’m not sure if anyone else would see a huge difference, but to me it’s really signified how much I let myself change in order to get better.

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For me, the moral of all of this is that change is good, and I don’t just mean my photography. Growing up, as scary as it is sometimes, is an incredible journey. I’ve spent the last year and a half in Nashville really searching for myself. I don’t think that I’ve completely found myself, but I really do believe I’m getting closer. I’ve learned a lot about who I am, what I stand for, who my true friends are, and what I’m capable of. I’ve discovered what in my life I absolutely love and what I’m still kind of iffy about. But what I’m most excited about everything is that this is just the beginning. There’s so much more life that is going to happen, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic that’s what I have to look forward to. I know that the road of life isn’t perfect, but it’s the only life that I have. I plan on making the most of it by following my heart and doing what I love.

 

xoxo Megan