Do you do documentaries?

I was one of those kids in school who couldn’t wait for the classes where the teacher was going to show a documentary because that meant at least 20 minutes of extra snooze time.  I remember my dad begging me to sit down and watch various documentaries with him on PBS, and I would comply, for a little while, until I suddenly “remembered” I had homework to do.

Documentaries just weren’t my thing.  Don’t get me wrong – – I enjoyed learning – – but for some reason I associated documentaries with the geriatric Geratol generation, and couldn’t overcome my bias for many, many years.

Then when my kids came along, they grew up with cable, which is basically just one long stream of mini-documentaries – – especially on the channels my boys enjoyed most like Animal Planet, Discovery, National Geographic, and the Science Channel.  I was amazed that they were actually choosing to sit through programs about the National Forest system, the life of humpback whales, and the newest research on renewable energy.  Even more amazing was finding myself sitting right there beside them – – happily enraptured.

This change in my viewing habits had a profound influence on me, actually.  I find that my thinking about issues is much more analytical now.  I love looking at things from both sides, weighing the arguments for each, and creating an opinion (or not) based on these observations. 

I also find that now, when I want to learn about something new, in addition to Googling it, and poring over my book options, I also check to see if there is a documentary about it.  Quite a switch.

snagfilms But I have a new tool in my arsenal now, that I had to share with you.  Snagfilms is an online library of documentaries that not only lets you watch full-length documentaries for free, but also lets you embed them on your website or blog.  And as an extra bonus, they offer a charitable link related to each documentary so that if you feel inspired by what you see, you can support the cause behind it.

So if you “do” documentaries, like I do, check out Snagfilms and give them some love – – well, unless you have homework to do, of course.



7 Responses

  1. OMG!!! I’m in heaven! Poor Baby Boy . . . school will never be the same.

  2. This is a fantastic link. Thanks! I’ve always been all about the documentaries.

  3. I love documentaries, always have. Thanks for the link, I had no idea something like this existed!

    And it comes at the most opportune time – we cancelled our cable tv on Friday, so when I need a screen fix I can jump onto snagfilms and watch something!

  4. Hey –
    do you know if there’s an issue with snagfilms at the moment? or is it not working for me cuz i live outside the US?

  5. Oh, I SO wish I had something better than dial-up right at this moment. Sigh.

    All the cool stuff is beyond my poor connection. 😦

    BTW- I LOVED documentaries in school. Because I needed that extra 1/2 hour of sleep!

  6. WOW! What a great link!! Thank you so much for putting this up.

  7. Thank you so much! I love documentaries, but I never knew anything like this existed. thanks again!

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