Being that I have an unexpected batch of time on my hands, I have decided to participate in sweeps week, which is this Thursday, 15 May until next Wednesday 21 May. Usually I keep my TV watching to a minimum, viewing either MSNBC to monitor politics or partaking in the occasional film on Turner Classic Movies. Television is something I keep to a minimum because reading, writing, and art are much more interesting to me.
The Neilsen ratings folks have dangled $30 in front of me to entice me to keep a log of the programs I view on a daily basis. This surprises me. Either they've adjusted their prices to keep up with inflation or they're really eager/desperate to get an objective picture of who is watching what. Being a creature of habit, I've already filled out most of the week's viewing already. Whomever has to input the data from my journal is going to have an easy job of it.
I am a little hesitant, because the Bill Hicks side of me doesn't want to pander to the marketing and advertising evil around me, but $30 is $30, after all, and I am beyond broke.