There’s something about watching people make stuff; assembling, creating, dismantling and reassembling and refurbishing.
My “TV”-watching these days has been a lot of this sort of thing on Youtube, including, perhaps surprisingly (since I no longer own, maintain, or drive a car) a fair number of people tinkering with various cars (I’ve even added a couple of examples to my Youtube page above).
I think a lot of these videos are not only enjoyable to watch because of the topic, but because the people presenting the videos and carrying out the work are good orators/presenters. But this is also where I get concerned about being suckered in to the whole Youtube/TV absorbing thing; I think what happens is as viewers (or consumers) of this type of content (it could include things like cooking and gardening programs which I don’t watch), we’re watching others carry out this stuff and something within our brains feels/reacts like it is the one carrying out the thing, which is the nice feeling and sense of achievement, except, we’re not the ones achieving it. It’s the same with music, films and books that we might absorb; we could well (attempt to) create our own pieces but instead were getting part of that sense of satisfaction, the easy part, and not progressing beyond it. Of course some people who absorb such content are also creators of it, and maybe use such content for inspiration or to learn some new information, skills and techniques.
The worst of these Youtube videos, I find, is the “empty” ones, that end up being entertaining, sucker you in, but then when you sit back after a few rounds/episodes you realise they’re all fluffed out with intros and outros, the plea for likes, dislikes, comments and followers and generally patting themselves on the back; at the end of the day a lot of Youtubers create content for themselves, even if they do provide it in a way that seems to be for the benefit of their audience (it can work both ways of course).
Anyway, it’s World Carfree Day on 22nd September; since I don’t drive a car these days, perhaps I should instead avoid watching anything car-related on Youtube?
I think part of the reason I no longer own and drive a car is that when I needed to part with my last one (due to its ageing nature), is that there has been nothing I’ve really wanted to own or drive; I like driving cars, and owning a car is a sort of status symbol (perhaps one I wanted to shy away from), and passing ones’ driving test is a kind of right-of-passage when you’re in your teens (which I no longer am). With the masses driving a car, I didn’t want to be one of them. A bike, therefore, is more me, and here where I live it sets me apart from the masses.