Ep 329: Women and 2nd Screens

Look. We’re not going to lie to you. This is the last episode of Boxcutters for the year. For the rest of the year you will have to busy yourself by playing this episode over and over again.

We have a little look at the concept of the second screen and try to evaluate its worth.

Also, Courteney looks at women in the workplace on TV and asks if they’re being portrayed honestly.

Listen and enjoy:


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There’s all this stuff to watch while the sunshine is burning all those fools who dare to venture outside. Take your pick. Catch up on some series. Feel free to ask us for tips or to help you make you choose.


  1. Brett’s powers of letter-reading become ever more terrifying.

  2. David Boxcutter says:

    So, I watched Brett’s suggestion of Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States, and I just don’t get it. What’s “untold” about any of this? It’s hardly even a history of the United States. It’s just a fairly standard WWII/Cold War documentary series.

    WIth “untold” and “Oliver Stone” in the title, I was expecting something more crazy than your typical History Channel type material.

  3. On the second screen thing, I think Josh missed the point that, by controlling what’s on the second screen, TV networks can also advertise there. And therefore sell advertising packages that show both on the TV and on the laptop application discussing the TV at the same time.

    On the discussion of Homeland, it does have the issue that Carrie is basically the only girl in the CIA (and the only other female options are Brody’s wife and daughter – and Brody’s wife appeared to be in the show largely for some embarrassing cable-network breast shots). Having said that, Josh’s usual five-second dismissal of “bad writing” through having all Carrie’s interactions be identical is wrong not only in that her relationship with Brody is different to most, so is her relationship with Mandy Patinkin’s character (Patinkin is often Homeland’s surprise secret weapon, selling the plot even when it threatens to go over-stupid).

  4. Hi Boxcutters,

    Please forgive me if this has already come up — has anyone been watching the Swedish show featuring robots called Real Humans/Äkta människor (SBS, 9:30 Sat)? I started watching half way through the season and it’s hooked me. The plot is a bit of a stretch at times, but I like the premise (what happens when we have nearly human androids?), and overall it’s not bad drama. Also, the colour composition of each shot (or whatever the actual technical term might be) is really well done, making it an easy show to watch.

    The season must be close to finished on free to air, but you might be able to catch it with English subs on channel bittorrent or whatever if you’re interested.

  5. FYA – the size of the 2nd screen experience (whether it’s via a channels own app or twitter) can be summed up by this from the HBR arcticle “Television’s Future Has a Social Soundtrack” at http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/03/televisions_future_has_a_socia.html

    “Just in the United States, tens of millions of people are talking to each other as they watch TV. This year’s Super Bowl alone spurred over 24 million tweets. “

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