Introducing a DVR-safe RSS feed and other ways to read reality blurred

Every day, I realize how awesome it is to have people read my writing, reporting, and non-stop bitching about the stuff I watch on TV. And while it’s most fun to come to the site itself (and will get even more fun early next year), there are many other ways to read or be alerted about new reality blurred content: via e.mail, Twitter, Amazon Kindle, or your RSS reader or home page (iGoogle, MyYahoo).

And although this site’s mission, like all cultural criticism, is ultimately somewhat self-centered and I don’t ever hold back about what I think, I do my best to make everyone happy about their actual experience on the site. (It’s an issue I have.) Some people who are occasionally unhappy are those who use DVRs or Tivos and don’t watch episodes or even season finales until a few days after they’re initially broadcast.

While I never print show results that haven’t yet been broadcast on both coasts (some sites update immediately after the eastern airing, potentially ruining shows for the west coast), I do include results or other news in headlines, because for headlines to be useful and searchable, they need actual content–imagine thousands of headlines that say “someone goes home.” Those are not spoilers, because a spoiler ruins something that has not yet been broadcast; it’s like calling the outcome of the presidential election or the ending to The Sixth Sense spoilers; if you don’t already know, the world cannot bend over backwards to protect you from your pop culture procrastination.

Still, I get that a lot of people don’t have time to watch TV immediately; that’s the beauty of the DVR. Heck, I do the same thing, too, but then I have to purposefully avoid reading about that show until I watch it, which is often difficult because the world likes to talk about things after they happen.

That was a lot of background for something very simple: If you’re a DVR person who always watches shows on a delay and hates headlines that potentially ruin your day, you can now subscribe to the new DVR-safe RSS feed, which offers headlines and brief summaries from stories that are a week or so old. (Note that this shows the same headlines, they’re just delayed, so if you save episodes of Top Chef for six weeks, well, I tried.) You can also get these delayed headlines via e.mail. All of your reality blurred content will be delayed, so if you want to know what’s going on sooner, visit the site!

If you watch things pretty much as they air and/or don’t yet use RSS feeds, you can subscribe to the full-text, ad-supported feed or the ad-free headline feed, adding either to whatever reader or home page you want. If you’re already subscribed and spending your work days this week updating your RSS feeds before the new year, you might want to unsubscribe from your reality blurred feed(s) and re-subscribe to make sure you have the latest URL to get content as fast as possible and stay subscribed if anything changes.

If you don’t know what this RSS stuff is and are vaguely creeped out by it, you can follow reality blurred on Twitter or get up-to-date headlines via e.mail every day. They’re sent around noon and include the previous 24 hours worth of posts–a great way to make sure you don’t miss anything. Unsubscribe any time.

Finally, if you have an Amazon Kindle, you can get reality blurred delivered wirelessly for less than $1 a month. Even if you don’t want to subscribe via Kindle, and you have some time to kill this week, you can still review reality blurred on Amazon for free.

Whether you read posts via RSS, link from Twitter, or just visit the site (multiple times!) every day, thanks.

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.