Economics 210a 2005-2006: First Half Syllabus [DRAFT]
The Economist Endorses Don Kohn

Chronosynclastic Infundibulum

It now appears that "Sex and the City" (minus the naughty bits) is available 24/7 on "normal" TV networks--i.e., not premium cable. But they don't show the episodes in order. And since multiple networks are showing episodes not in order, the sense of temporal rootedness is absent. It's as if Sarah Jessica Parker were a character in a Kurt Vonnegut novel who had passed through the chronosynclastic infundibulum, so that she (subjectively) experiences the different days of her life in random order. It's peculiar.

More distressing, perhaps, is that each "thirty minute" episode appears to contain only 21 minutes of actual show--including credits. That's 18 minutes an hour devoted to ads and previews.

When did this happen? Back in the days when quatloos were quatloos, one could count on an hour-long episode like "The Gamesters of Triskelion" containing at least fifty-two minutes of genuine programmy goodness. Or so I remember...