For my capstone project, I plan on doing an analysis of my own TV/Movie viewing habits. I plan on taking both qualitative and quantitative measures in order to inform my analysis (i.e. estimating amounts of hours spent on watching shows/evaluating the efficacy or worth of my time spent doing so) as well as potentially coming up with a proposal of what I could have done with my time. Ultimately, I hope to have a better understanding of my viewing habits in order to recognize trends and hopefully come up with a useful way of utilizing my vast experience watching things.
I’ve already recognized the different ways in which I watch certain things; for example some shows or movies that I re-watch, I do so very analytically (examining the merits or strategies used by the writer or director to convey a certain sentiment). Conversely, certain shows or movies I can re-watch countless times without ever considering this analytical perspective. I prematurely have categorized this difference as the difference between ‘active watching’ and ‘passive watching.’ Despite recognizing this, there doesn’t seem to be a relationship with the genre, medium or content. Certain comedies I’ll watch passively and others actively. So I guess I would like to explore this relationship and try to find a connection there.
Although I am very passionate about the topic and focus of my project, I’m still a bit stumped with regards to the form it will ultimately take. Although I think that after analysis, I could come up with a compelling prose report on my findings, however this seems rather boring. I would really like to convey to the audience what watching these different mediums or with different perspectives feels like, but I’m not sure how to gear it towards a ‘universal’ audience (even though Ray said this was impossible, I’m still going to try).
Any feedback or ideas would be greatly appreciated!!