Has anyone else noticed the inefficiency of some currently-popular styles of documentary as a knowledge transfer mechanism? The programmes I am talking about are those which assume that anyone watching may well have joined half way through and, furthermore, has the attention span of a goldfish. Therefore, they recap the entire program so far at the start of each segment – and, if the program was originally segmented for American TV with its greater advertising density, can mean even more often for us Brits.
This continuous repetition and recap, as well as being entirely tedious for those of us capable of storing information for longer than it takes to go to the toilet, means that each segment has minimal new content. I’ve seen documentaries an hour long that I could have cut down to ten minutes without losing anything substantial. Am I alone in feeling this?