Now many of you may already be speed readers, but have you ever tried speed viewing? I guess it’s all about how many hours you have in a given day to take some time to just read a book or watch something of interest on TV. You can even try speed listening – taking in a broadcasts or podcasts at accelerated speeds, sometimes two times as fast as normal. Thanks to technological advances, TV viewers now have the option to watch their favorite shows in real time, or choose to speed view, i.e., high speed playback of recorded programs. Some critics of this practice worry that such viewers are only getting “diluted creative elements” of their TV watching. And many warn that “gorging” on TV programming at accelerated speeds is like overeating.
“It is like eating twice as many meals as normal to avoid missing any culinary treats. Sure, you might actually be consuming more, but you’re probably having a worse, more grotesque experience. And you’re certainly not doing it in a way that the chef intended. Lost are the elements of dramatic or comedic timing and intentional silences. It becomes a fundamentally different experince that disregards what the creator intended,” when viewed at accelerated speed (Chen, SlashFilm.com).
So timing may be everything after all. Only in this case, the consumer of the content controls the timing of what he is watching or listening to, regardless of what its creator intended. I wonder what Shakespeare would do if he were here today?