Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Episode 36: From GAB To FNA

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It's only been two episodes since I discussed the twin phenomena of the Repetition Effect and Source Amnesia, but months have passed since that release. Time, then, to visit a comment listener L33t left concerning research on how interruptions may increase the enjoyment of media, even if those interruptions are commercial in nature. Thus, Episode 36: From GAB to FNA explores the multiple qualities of interruptions that may mitigate, thus driving people from welcoming interruption to dreading it.

In this episode, I quote: L33t from his comments; the study L33t shared; details of the organization that published the research he shared; and information from Counterspin regarding the frequency of DVR commercial skipping (something I regrettably neglected to cite in the audio).

I also played: Geddy Lee briefly singing with the Mackensie Brothers in their 80s hit, "Take Off;" some wisdom from Colonel Jack D. Ripper about communism and water; and Pink Floyd's intro to their song, "Time." Dmitri Orlov and KMFDM open this episode.


  1. I notice you paraphrased my comment to avoid a brand reference. Which is fine (it didn't really change the meaning of what I said), but I do think that you should have mentioned that you were paraphrasing.

    Anyways, good episode! You've got a good series going about how the content of media is skewed by advertising, so it's interesting to take a look at how the form and structure of media is also skewed by advertising. I it's plausible that a lot of televised content benefits from some interruption, any interruption, but there's also a lot of content produced where e.g. dramatic pauses come exclusively from commercial breaks, or where the plot is really over-condensed to leave more space for ads.

    1. That should be "I think it's plausible". I accidentally a word.

  2. You are correct, sir. I apologize for not being more specific in my presentation of your quote.

    And thanks! While there is plenty to gripe about with ads, the skewing by advertising is, for me, a far more interesting topic, one I will continue to explore.