Re­solve to stay calm in the new year with slow TV

The Irish Times - Business - - TECHNOLOGY - Marie Bo­ran­gram/PRHO63004009/ bergens­ba­nen-min­utt-for-min­utt (also on YouTube)

The be­gin­ning of a new year feels like a nat­u­ral time to make a fresh start, but there is pres­sure to over­haul one’s life com­pletely in an un­der­stand­ing that we are hor­ri­bly flawed spec­i­mens in need of dras­tic re­mould­ing. But what if we sim­ply re­solved to be a bit nicer or slow down a lit­tle?

Why not nes­tle down fur­ther into your co­coon of hygge and jump into an­other Nordic trend: slow TV. This is some­thing started by Nor­we­gian na­tional tele­vi­sion sta­tion NRK in 2009 when it broad­cast a minute-by-minute train jour­ney across South­ern Nor­way – all seven hours and 16 min­utes of it.

Re­lax­ing and ab­sorb­ing, it be­came a huge hit and has spawned sim­i­lar real-time doc­u­men­taries in­clud­ing the BBC’s re­cent Great Rein­deer Mi­gra­tion. Visit NRK’s web­site for more slow TV doc­u­men­taries in­clud­ing Peep-Show (birds, mostly just eat­ing) and Na­tional Knit­ting Night.

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