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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

time-shitting
When CBS decided to turn Twitter feed @ShitMyDadSays into a TV show, it decided to go cutesy-ish by subbing “$#*!” for the offending scatological terminology in the original title.

A necessary move, but maybe not the most DVR-optimized one:

It seems DVR designers quite understandably never suspected that a network would launch a TV show that started with the word “$#*!.” There may be a way to find such symbols within the DVR interface, but a casual survey of customers subscribing to a few different video services found nobody who could manage to type the first word of the title.

Which isn’t to suggest DVR users cannot watch the show. Users can browse through the nightly grids until they get to Thursday evening, where the show is clearly listed in all its “$#*!” glory. Or, heck, you can even watch the show live.

It’s amusing that our technological interfaces still can’t accommodate commonplace (if unconventional) input like this. Just when will machine language catch up with freestyling human expression?

Will this scheduling impediment significantly impact the viewership for the William Shatner-helmed comedy? At the very least, it seems that hashtags are out of bounds when tweeting about the latest episode…

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 09/22/2010 10:33pm
Category: Social Media Online, TV, Tech
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