I’d argue that the best thing for something like this is to have a long-form project, some sort of ambitious, ridiculous, and possibly even punishing adventure that, at a minimum, also promises some regular content built around a theme. Given this thing’s theme, things I watch, I’ve decided to go the route of making it about film. Specifically, different films from different years, going from very early – thanks to a collection of Charlie Chaplin shorts, I’ve arbitrarily picked 1914 as my starting point – and watching one film from each year until the present day. This will start shortly, with the film The Knockout, a 30 minute silent short starring Fatty Arbuckle (with an appearance by Chaplin) from that year.
In an attempt to have a grand purpose to this thing, I thought it would be a good idea to have a guiding principle behind it. What content should I put here? Something that I sometimes like to think about that I can’t really justify including in my regular space in print. What is something I do anyway that I enjoy talking about? Well I watch a lot of movies, I play a lot of games. This way, in flagrant violation of medical advice that recommends limiting people’s “screen time,” I’m going to dedicate this entire thing to stuff that I use my television for. Movies new and old, games new and old, maybe bring my camera into it on occasion – that also has a screen, after all. That’s why it’s Devin on Screen, because it’s a loose way to tie together different topics – that being, things on my screen.