Much as I enjoy good TV, I find this very encouraging:
"Teens and young adults (in US) ages 13 to 24 now spend more time every day on the Internet than they do watching TV ... During an average week, according to the report, 13- to 24-year-olds spend 16.7 hours online (excluding e-mail); 13.6 hours watching TV; 12 hours listening to the radio; 7.7 hours talking on the phone (including landlines and cell phones); and six hours reading books and magazines to keep up on personal interests."
Interesting that radio listening in the States is not far behind TV either. In the UK, more people now listen to radio than watch TV, for the first time in many years. Also cf. with notion around how radio and internet can *combine* particularly well, due to radio being a kind of zoomable ambient backdrop - but then note that people seem to increasingly 'background' TV too, whilst playing video games or browsing or email or IM etc.
I'm particularly interested in how radio and internet can combine - a kind of call and response relationship between radio and interactive media (shows basing their playlists on user votes; SMS/email into shows; show metadata on to more useful computing machines; DJ as metadata etc.). Radio's ability to shift effortlessly into the background providing aural wallpaper, but then become centre of attention at the listener's beck and call, zooming into focus at the speed of thought ... this would seem to fit well with a medium based around a flow mode of interaction. Thoughts?