TV gets social, thanks to Web
In the Internet era, viewers chat with fellow fans as they watch — giving the old medium new life
Instead of fading away as millions of people switched from channel surfing to Web browsing, watching TV is as popular as ever. The difference now is that we tend to be logged into the Internet at the same time. The trend has a name: “social TV,’’ and it’s the theme of TV next 2012, a day-long series of discussions on the evolution of television being held today at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art.