Sunday, 30 April 2017

Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest No 6

Courtesy NRK - Migrating requires a lot of resting, too, it seems
OK, it's Sunday morning, we've been with the reindeer since Monday evening, Minute by Minute, but could it be the end is in sight?

Having spent a little time looking at the map of distance covered against distance remaining, and assuming current speed remains the same, I reckon it would conclude Tuesday or Wednesday. But, now, here's an element of peril.

Might the broadcast terminate before journey's end? There has been a rumour that it might finish Monday afternoon, wherever the reindeer are. This is very alarming. Firstly, there have been moments, many moments, of sustained beauty and marvel during this broadcast - so obviously that would mean it would end. Which we're expecting at some point anyway.

Secondly, it would mean the narrative is truncated and we would miss the epic swim to the summer pastures. If it were a book, it would be tearing out the last chapter. As someone who studies Slow TV, and maintains that the Norwegian format is a long-form story or documentary, the story would go uncompleted.

Only time will tell. Only time.

Now, I must confess to having gotten a little bored during Friday and Saturday. This has been the slowest Slow TV. Significant periods of relative inactivity, repeated and similar in content.

However, the periods of boredom have been interrupted by something which may not have been so rewarding had I not become bored. Three random skiers out in the wilderness. The lowering sun. A smaller group of reindeer trotting along and spontaneously, unanimously stopping. That was so funny.

Perhaps my wife had something to do with it. She put the idea it was boring in my head. She came in to where I have the laptop linked to the TV and sat nearby, in her best counselor's voice, "Are you still watching the reindeer? Isn't it all the same now". I fumbled for a reasoned response but I reckon I justified it. In her defense, she has understood and supported my love of Slow TV. Massively.

Perhaps this being slower than before, at times feeling like a very high quality webcam production, explains why there is a little less media interest. (Check out Zooom in Norway for an independent wildlife and northern lights webcam site).

The UK's Guardian newspaper picked up on Reinflytting Minutt for Minutt, but what of the rest of the world's media? Earlier in April the networks were very interested but I've detected relatively little activity since. The official chat and twitter has been very busy, especially with a lot of interest from Scandinavia.

Courtesy NRK, thanks to Richard in Slow TV Fans Facebook Group
Much on NRK and Sami media about the reindeer migration. An insight into generational family activity of reindeer herding here is insightful.

Anyway, I will stay with  NRKrein through to its end, insofar as possible. To have a major media live stream bringing images of beauty and marvel instead of the intravenous drip-feed of horror and distress of rolling news coverage is a welcome medicine. There is a lot of glorious wonder in our world and, one of the reasons I love Slow TV, is that it helps address that toxic imbalance in our viewing and consequent emotions.

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