Okay maybe this isn't a new phenomena at all, maybe its just my group of friends or the circles I pass through, but more and more people I talk to are claiming a new found TV addiction. The storylines all seem to follow the same pattern: "I haven't watched TV in year, but now between Lost, 24, Desperate Housewives, the Shield etc, I am getting drawn in again." Has TV taken a quantum leap forward in the past few years trying to catch up to the gauntlet thrown down by HBO? I don't know. I didn't watch even two years ago. The TiVo revolution started it or perhaps it was shows on DVD's piquing people's interest only to yank them into the web of watching future episodes (a kind of reverse of the cigarette company's uber-successful get them while they're young strategy) . For me it was the video iPod. Suddenly I had a TV in my pocket, which unlocked the magical door to TV Land (not the Nick at Night trademarked version) that I had left behind in my youth. It's kind of ironic that the new technology predicted to open us up to whole new types of entertainment somehow roped us back to the black box (or ultra thin, wall mounted plasma rectangle as they now exist).