📑 Why artists and neuroscientists aren’t OK with this new Netflix feature

Bookmarked Why artists and neuroscientists aren’t OK with this new Netflix feature (ABC News)

The good news for speed-demons? Dr Horvath says that for speed listening and watching, anything up to x1.25 speed is “fine” in terms of recall and comprehension.

“As soon as you go above that, prepare to start just dropping key facts and … that’s just fact recall. Comprehension is [about] now how do you piece those facts together into a story.”

Hannah Reich gathers together a number of perspectives on Netflix proposal to introduce a new variable playback option.  She explores why people desire to speed things up, what this means for the film, the impact that has for comprehension and the ideal experience.

Rather than speed-watching, Dr Horvath suggests: “If you watch a show … don’t binge it, spend a day not watching the show, thinking about the episode you just watched, predicting what’s going to come next.”

Personally, I listen to podcasts at 1.5 – 1.7x the speed, unless they involve music. Then it is 1.0x. I feel the issue is not the speed, but whether I am concentrating when listening. However, I was also left challenged recently by whether it was really humane to listen at speed. I cannot imagine watching a film or a series at speed though.

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