Impressions of various media.
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- Pleasant diversion
- As advertised
These are impressions only. For various reasons too numerous and complicated to enumerate here, I have become philosophically opposed to the idea of "comprehensive" reviews.
Essentially, I've come to believe that anyone who has ever been involved in a creative project must chafe at this idea that there could ever be such a thing as a complete or comprehensive review of his project. It's a mathematical impossibility that is a direct consequence of the severely lopsided relationship that consumers and producers of media can form with a given bit of work: for every hour a producer puts into his work, a consumer must put in at least five hours to gain an equivalent appreciation for the work.
And so, what you'll find here are impressions. Please try to take that word as literally as possible and understand this as a chronicle of very immediate, almost physical reactions to media exposure.
"Media Consumption" is the name I've given the database where I record the titles, authors, release information and brief impressions of the various media I consume. When I say "brief impression" I mean "rating on a scale of 1 to 5". It's kind of like a journal.
Inventing and updating lists is a passion of mine. And while I would stop short of calling that particular expression of my notorious and well-documented graphomania "pathological", many others would not.
And so here I indulge that pathology by cataloging consumed media. I am, of course, doing this because of the above-mentioned feelings of (let's call it) near-pathological compulsion, but also because I feel like the exercise will be at least somewhat revelatory: whatever a casual observer might glean from a gourmand's survey of his meals, a runner keeping a list of the distances and terrains he's covered or a murderer setting out short descriptions of harvested ears (or whatever other appropriately grisly keepsakes) is what this part of the site puts on offer.