The pause button is a cruel mistress.
Sure, it lets you pick up from right when you left off. But the problem is that in today’s frenetic, over-stimulated world, with all the choices available to us 1, we often forget to pick up again.
At least, I do.
So don’t pause that movie or podcast, loop it instead. And if you miss a bit, catch it on the next pass through. You’ve heard of multipass reading, now we’re talking about multipass watching and seeing, multipass listening and hearing.
Let us review:
- Don’t pause — loop instead.
- Don’t pause — turn down the volume
- Don’t mute — turn the volume down instead (to an unobtrusive, indistinguishable (not the exact word I was looking for, but you get the picture), ambient level)
- (I hate when people go all “nowadays” on me, because it’s usually an excuse to complain about “kids today”. But there really are many more entertainment/media choices available now than there were twenty years ago; this is an objective, numerical thing and not some open-ended complaint about “youngsters using Facebook”; I see plenty of middle-aged women antisocially fiddling with their iPhones and no one complains about them, because older people using information technology is always only a good thing…unlike those kids of today…but then you wonder — if the young people of today suck so hard, well, who raised them?) ↩