Vine Videos, Snap Chat, Boomerang & now Slow TV

There is yet another European movement coming to the US. Interestingly, in this digital age of speed and mobility, it is an anti-entertainment medium sweeping the globe. It’s called Slow TV.

Wikipedia defines slow television, or slow TV, as live “marathon” television coverage of an ordinary event in its complete length. Its name is derived both from the long endurance of the broadcast, as well as the natural slow pace of the television program’s progress.

This is a European phenomenon made famous by a Norwegian company that aired 60 hours of knitting, filmed a 5 day cruise and aired a 12-hour program on firewood chopping.

So this holiday season Destination America is celebrating Thanksgiving with “Railroad Alaska: Real Time Train Ride” (9 a.m. Nov. 26). The special will cover the journey across Alaska’s 500-mile-long railroad. No actors. No reality stars. Nothing but whatever the cameras attached to the train happen to capture. For five hours.

According to the New Yorker, “slow TV has been bizarrely popular. Half of the Norwegian population reportedly tuned in to the boat show. The final episode of ‘Seinfeld,’ by comparison, got forty-one per cent of households in the U.S.”

For an idea of what you might expect, check out this 2009 Norwegian train trip – all seven hours of it:




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