Note: This essay originally appeared within the author's publication Secular & Sensational on Medium.
It’s never too early nor too late to go on a vacation, and what most people miss to most in these situations is their trusty old TV along with all the shows it provides for us. Some people don’t mind paying a couple dollars more to gain access to several other channels in their hotel room, but that’s usually a massive waste of money – your favorite shows are not included.
It's easy to use the phrase "correlation doesn't equal causation" when it comes to defending something you love. We're all guilty of doing it, I'm guilty of doing this once or twice or three hundred thousand times in my life. It's rather toxic to choose to actively not recognize problems that happen within your own community, and it’s also toxic to dispute someone else’s opinion supported by evidence of your community’s problems with “You wouldn’t understand because you’re not a part of the fandom.” The other person completely understands your fandom but that’s why they’ve chosen to stay out of it.
Netflix recently had to decrease the video quality of their service to accommodate the high volume of people streaming. In these difficult circumstances, we're all turning on our favourite streaming services to offer us a form of escapism. I sincerely believe that movies are a useful tool that can help us get through this. But that's all they are, a tool. A hammer can be used to build something useful or it can be misued to break things or injure people.
I listen to a lot of podcasts. Many, if not most, are news- or politics-focussed, and these days they’re all about, y’know, that thing that’s currently consuming all of us. And, honestly, nobody knows all that much except it’s bad, it’s getting worse, we should wash our hands and stay the heck home and away from people, there is a lot to worry about, and, depending on where you live, the government’s response has been varying shades of terrible. Really, I don’t need a daily update on each of those, let alone several updates. But if I do, well, that’s what, say, the Washington Post is for.
There’s so much negativity out there online, especially these days. Everything feels like bad news, fake news, celebrity "news", or just sheer stupidity being glorified (aka "reality" TV). And it’s hard not to get sucked into it all.
Spring's greetings, my fellow opinionated people!
To stop the spread of the deadly Coronavirus, COVID-19, many World Leaders who have not declared temporary quarantines are enforcing new 'Social Distancing' rules.
Media consumption has changed so many times in my lifetime. I've personally never been very big on theater going. I always seem to get a tall person sitting right in front of me, even in an empty room. I do love stories and generally dislike people, so the ability to take in media within my own space is the best. I remember getting my weekend NES game from the local video rental shop or even the grocery store. That then moved into the more franchised options with Blockbuster and Family Video where I would grab a week's worth of DVDs for less than ten bucks. Now we have streaming services that pour into almost every device you have in your home. In recent years though consuming media just hasn't been as enjoyable as I remember from my younger years. So I would like to talk about the things that the streaming wars are losing me with.
Here is a full list, it has something for adults, something for kids and something for the kid inside every adult. This list is filled with happy feel good movies to help pass the time during COVID-19. I don't usually add these many titles into one article ... but this article is going to need more content than the average Netflix recommendation list.