Dear Patient, Slowness. It’s an under-appreciated quality in a world of hyper-fast internet speeds, productivity hacks, and instant results. Slowness is grounding. Slowness is sustainable. It’s the yin to the yang of our frenetic times. Have you heard of slow television? It’s an extremely long broadcast of something ordinary and well, slow. The Norwegian Broadcast Corporation popularized the genre back in 2009 when they broadcast a driver’s eye view of a 7-hour train journey from Bergen to Oslo, and a quarter of the Norwegian population tuned in. You can find slow television videos of train rides, boat journeys, forest walks, knitting, or really anything devoid of narrative, character or structure. It’s meant to be boring.
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