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The closer I get to the end of Unboxed, the more I get knowing looks from people, usually accompanied by, "Going to make up for it now, aren't you?"

This is vaguely insulting.

I think perhaps I haven't been clear enough with people, which has ended in people thinking that the whole Project was basically pointless. Well, they probably think that because when asked what the point of it is, I genearlly get flustered and shrug and go, "It... sort of doesn't have one." Which isn't true (I'm a liar!), frankly. The point of Unboxed was to see what I did with my time. The point of Unboxed was that I (at least theoretically) should have more important things to be doing than watching re-runs of whatever they're playing re-runs of now. (Three's Company? I am so out of touch.) You know, things like writing, and working on my career, and spending time with my family, and stalking the 'Ramin Karimloo' tag on Tumblr.

So when people give me this sideways-eye and imply that I am going to be spending the next three months huddled on my bed voraciously devouring everything I've missed this past year, I get a little indignant. Do I plan on catching up with the things I didn't watch, like Doctor Who? Oh yes. Do I plan on settling right back into the pattern I had in 2010, of turning on my DVD player by pure reflex? No.

Did Unboxed change my life? Er. Probably not. I'm not planning on giving up video for good; not when there's that cliffhanger in Sherlock to be resolved yet. In the end, though, the point of Unboxed was not self-abegnation, but moderation. It wasn't me being holier-than-thou (seriously), or crazy (for once), or even a weird form of giving up something for Lent, which is what my last boss seemed to think. It's about perspective. Going a year without video and then holing up for three months to make up for it is completely missing the entire point.

The point which I kept telling people didn't exist. It's there, though. Just... use your imagination.


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Dec. 31st, 2011 06:29 am (UTC)
My mouth didn't water. Not once! Not even for Johnny Depp!

Actually I suspect that avoiding video has kind of killed my enthusiasm for a lot of stuff I used to love. And made me more determined to avoid things that I don't really, really like. No more going to movies just because everyone else is going, even though I know I'll just sit there and be bored and exasperated the whole time! REVOLT AGAINST THE HOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTER!
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Dec. 31st, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
Both! Let's all be anarchists!
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Dec. 31st, 2011 06:26 am (UTC)
I think that's the best way to look at things. "I did this, so what else can I do?" There's a lot of potential in just being self-disciplined, really. Nearly every single person I talked to about Unboxed said, "Well, that's interesting. I could never do that." What they all meant was they would never do that, because it's not like not watching things takes a lot of skill. But, yeah, I think if people are unwilling to challenge themselves, they're selling themselves short.
Dec. 31st, 2011 09:19 am (UTC)
Pointless? Not at all!
Dec. 31st, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
*bows* Thank you, Mark. Now I just have to get you to convince everyone else I talked to this year.
Jan. 1st, 2012 12:02 pm (UTC)
Haters will hate, disbelievers will disbelieve, pessimists will ... pessim.
Dec. 31st, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
I understand bb. This year I ended up doing something similar to unboxed, although it wasn't really the same thing. I decided I didn't care about TV enough to keep paying for it. It was amazing how little I actually missed it. Do I still keep up with a few favorite shows? yeah. Am I likely to go back to mindlessly watching crap for the sake of watching it? Not likely.
Dec. 31st, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
I know, right? Without the TV just being there, you figure out what you really like and what's actually worth spending time on. Good for you!
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