Saving Time, Saving Your Sanity
by Erica Sadun
Yeah sure, I can record shows off my TiVo and transfer them onto my iPod but it's a pain, frankly. Converting the files to mp4. Loading them into iTunes. Synchronizing. That's why my intentions are so much better than my follow-through. So I was thrilled this evening to discover that the iTunes Music Store started stocking episodes of Dora the Explorer.
Are you familiar with the show? I am. It's an interminably dull program with a saccharine sweet star and an especially annoying resident villain whose main villainy seems to involve theft-by-taking and saying "Oh man" a lot.
My three-year-old son adores this show.
"Dora," he begs, "Dora, Dora, Dora".
Until now in three-year-old terms, my iPod has hosted Maisy the Mouse and the Wiggles. I just haven't had the time or energy to indulge his new Dora passion. I've meant to. Just haven't gotten around to it.
So instead, I plunked a couple of episodes into my cart and bought them. An hour's worth of kid TV for four bucks.
I figure that in the end time-wise and money-wise I'm the winner. I got some new content to distract him when I need to do adult things on the go and I spent the download/convert/load time playing bouncy ball with him instead.
I think it's a bargain.
My daughter was two years and nine months yesterday, and she's just started watching Dora the Explorer. I'm a bit surprised how much I hated it--it's even worse than Barney! I say this as someone who found great enjoyment in places I never expected, like the Teletubbies, and who thinks Elmo in Grouchland wears almost as well as Toy Story.
|Randal L. Schwartz
"I can record shows off my TiVo and transfer them onto my iPod".