It’s pretty well understood that watching a lot of television probably isn’t all that good for you, but that hasn’t stopped many of us from setting up camp on the sofa to bask in the cold electric glow of the TV for hours on end. A March 2014 Nielsen report determined that the average American spends five hours a day watching live TV, with plenty more screen time spent on computers, phones, and tablets. And now, thanks to streaming services like Netflix and Amazon, we can up our TV consumption to near-limitless amounts, with whole seasons – entire series, even – at our disposal. Yes, we’ve had DVD and VHS box sets for years, but those required switching the disc or cassette every few episodes – Now we’re able to absorb an entire show without ever having to get off the couch (bladder permitting).
Bojack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksber wants you to know that the animated crocodile wearing crocs on his show is a woman. In a recent Q&A with viewers on his tumblr a fan innocently asked at what point during the creative process show creators come up with background gags. Referring to the aforementioned croc in crocs, the viewer gendered it as a “he,” a common mistake, and one that Bob-Waksber politely went in on.
For many parents to-be, the onslaught of baby stuff begins the moment they make it public that they're expecting. Toys, bottles, bibs, diapers, pacifiers, baby monitors, strollers... The list of presents and purchases rattles on and on, challenging any parent's best efforts to reduce waste and cut back on consumption. When expecting mother and Stanford Institute of Design fellow Caroline O'Connor began processing the mountains of baby clothes given to her, she realized that what would be truly helpful would be receiving exactly the right-sized clothes at exactly the right time, delivered to her home in neat bundles.
In my household, subscribing to Netflix means letting a Sopranos DVD hang out on the dresser until we watch four episodes all in one week, while also reserving the right to watch Hot Tub Time Machine instantly. We haven’t quite come to terms with the idea that we’re going to have to pony up $6 more dollars a month for the privilege of both receiving thin red envelopes in the mail and streaming movies online.