What Do You Think? Consuming Media in Public
It’s March Madness, and that’s gotten the Antenna editors thinking about what it means to consume media in public. At the SCMS conference, Antenna’s own Jeff Jones and Tim Anderson were spotted as they searched for someplace to watch a game. And at least one of our Facebook feeds has featured a friend mentioning that she seems to spend all of March at a local bar so she can see her alma mater play, even though that school is hundreds of miles from her current home. And bars nationwide are running special promotions to entice sports enthusiasts to view the game there instead of one of the other 324098 bars in town. Without question, March seems to bring the crowds out in droves to watch “the game” (whichever game “the game” is at that moment) with others.
But what does it mean to consume our media in public? In a time when so much is being made of the ability to watch TV on our big screens in the privacy of our own homes, or on miniature screens in the public setting of the doctor’s office or bus, what is it that makes us want to consume media together?
So we want to hear from you–what entices you to watch Project Runway at group viewing nights in clubs? Or to attend a group sing-along for Rocky Horror or The Sound of Music? What are the pleasures of consuming your media in public? Tell us your stories and analyze your behavior below…