21 September 2008

Another great thing about the internet

Even as recently as 10 years' ago, if you saw something in the credits of your favorite show that read, "Dedicated to the memory of . . .", you would just sit there and wonder who the person was. Maybe s/he was a family member or part of the crew that had passed away. That's as far as it went.

Now that we are in the world of speedy internet access and TV writers who also write their own blogs, we aren't always left to wonder. At the end of the 12th episode of The Middleman, there was a screen that read, "Dedicated to the memory of Neil Levin". It took me about five seconds to find a blog entry, written by the creator of the show himself, explaining who Levin was and why he dedicated the show to him. The internet provided an outlet for a broader range of the show's fans to know about this and to feel a deeper connection to the show. I've lamented in the past about how the internet in part has taken away the magic of watching TV and movies, but this is one way that it has given a little magic back.
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