By: T F Stern | Self-Educated American
We were watching a movie the other day on one of the regular channels where you get to see a few minutes of the movie followed by several minutes of commercials. The efforts of the moviemakers got lost somewhere between combining car, house and life insurance, more comfortable jockey shorts and deciding which brand of whiskey best matched the outdoor sportsman in us.
At a certain point, you consider yourself ‘invested’ in watching the movie until its conclusion while attempting to ignore interruptions. Maybe this is how cable companies have figured how to get folks to pay for adding movie channels; just interrupt the programming on the regular channels enough and people will pay not to see commercials.
The movie was ending as the credits began to roll across the screen, a chance to give individuals who’d put the movie together credit. Did I say roll across the screen; I meant sprint past at nearly the speed of light. Evelyn Woods Speed Reading Course had not prepared me for this particular exercise. To make it more challenging, they split the screen so that the credits for the previously viewed movie, now in a tiny box in the corner of the screen, could play out while introducing the next feature.