Then the Internet changed everything…

As a child, I learned about new films and television series in the schoolyard. Back then, discoverability often depended on word of mouth. However, that method was not very efficient, since by the time you heard about it, the film or first episode had already been broadcast…

A few years later, word of mouth became more efficient, as sometimes a schoolmate would have the brilliant idea of recording the first episode on a VHS tape. As well, I could rent films at the video store.

Then the Internet changed everything…

I never again missed a first episode because I can now watch it at any time. However, 400 hours of content are uploaded every minute, and that’s only to YouTube. Now, according to Statistics Canada, I still have another 44 years to live. I can’t watch and listen to everything; so what do I do?

My friends and favourite columnists continue to suggest their favourites, but they too face an overabundance of content. I can count on the trailers, but after seeing so many of them, I sometimes lose interest in watching the program or film. I can follow the recommendations of online content providers, but I think their algorithms have trouble categorizing my tastes, since I like too many genres. In any case, is it really healthy to always stick to the same genre? Don’t our tastes change over time? To know what we like, don’t we also have to know what we don’t like? To discover new territory, don’t we need to get off the beaten path? I again put the question to you: what to do?