I pride myself on being a multi-tasker, but last night, I almost fried a few internal circuits.
If any brain cells were lost in the process, I blame the International Olympic Committee and the Westminster Kennel Club and ESPN and February sweeps…not necessarily in that order.
Back in the day, when the Olympics were on television, all the other channels rolled over and played dead. Showed reruns until the big show was through. Had pity on the fans of their respective programs so they could give the Olympic games the intense focus they deserve.
Now that TIVO and DVR and Hulu.com and channel-specific websites are out there, the other networks dare to run original programming during the Winter Olympics. Which means — using last night as an example — I was trying to watch the Olympics and the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show finale and American Idol and the UK-Mississippi State game…all at the same time.
Now, technology was on my side. I watched the Olympics live. I DVR’ed American Idol. I had the basketball game on my computer in an ESPN.com live window. And I was able to track the dog show results on the Westminster Kennel Club website.
I could almost smell the smoke coming out of my ears.
This simultaneous viewing can be accomplished, sure. But is it good? Is it preferred?
I just wanted to watch the Olympics.