Letter from the Editor: November 2017

In the digital age, it seems as if there is endless entertainment at our fingertips at all times. But that doesn’t mean it’s all good.

TIME TO UP YOUR STANDARDS
In the digital age, it seems as if there is endless entertainment at our fingertips at all times. But that doesn’t mean it’s all good.

How many shows have you watched in the last year that felt like a waste of your time? How many movies left you wondering, “What was the point of that?”

Probably more than you would like to admit.

How do you find the good through all of the clutter nowadays? With streaming shows here, there and everywhere and new music platforms popping up daily it seems, how do you seek out quality content?

Maybe people don’t care about quality anymore. Are we collectively just settling for whatever is put in front of us just to pacify our need to be entertained? When did this happen? When did we stop caring about quality?

It’s still out there. I promise. And when you find a TV show, book, movie, blog, etc. with actual value, you no longer will want to fill your time with endless, useless streaming.

That might explain why my electric bill dropped a lot the past few months.

I admit. I was one of the mindless zombies stationed in front of my TV set to Netflix or Hulu with my phone nearby, in case I’d need to check my feeds during a lull in the show.

But then I watched a show that made me put my phone down and get into the plot. I finished “Master of None” about a month ago, and I’m still thinking about it. Shouldn’t a good TV show, movie or book really make you think?

After watching such an intriguing show, I set a new standard for myself. I’d watch trailers before starting a show to make sure it has enough potential. (Next in the queue was “Atypical,” and it did not disappoint.)

Shouldn’t we all be setting standards for what we want to see and do?

Instead of rewatching a show you’ve seen a hundred times, why not get off the couch and go to a local theater to see a show put on by a local cast? Or head to a museum with friends and talk about how the art made you feel. Spend a day learning a new craft. Or join a book club and actually read the book.

Many local creators love sharing their craft and what they do. See if you can meet up with one and see how the magic is made. Learn about five of them in this issue starting on Page 39.

Looking for more fun things to keep you off the couch? Read all about what’s coming in the future for First Fridays, and check out the special arts calendar. Or head to a local Goodwill and try out some of the thrifting tips I learned from Dina Younis of Dina’s Days.

Now it’s time to turn off the reruns and do something of value.

Until next month,
Kelsey Reinhart, editor