As we near the halfway point, I wanted to thank the audience for making the show a success. You each watch, on average, almost 25 minutes per session – more than three times as long as the average live-streaming content and six times as long as other video on the web. Collectively, you’ve visited our pages almost 300,000 times.
You, the “controllers,” have chosen Tristan’s food, his clothes, his haircut, his pet, his trainer, and his dates. You interact with him via Twitter, via video chat, and by posting comments to the site. This weekend, one of you – Vanessa Looney – literally jumped out of the Twitterverse and onto Tristan’s couch.
This initial success is incredibly rewarding, but it’s also just the beginning. ControlTV is very much an experiment in progress. I’m not satisfied with it yet, and I can’t imagine you are either. We’re still learning about this medium. We’re still tying to figure it out. Help us make this show what you want it to be.
This is a truly democratic effort. We set out to make a show for the viewers, of the viewers, and by the viewers. Send us your ideas for votes, for questions Tristan should answer, for things you’d like to see him do, places he should go, people he should meet. If you write your own music, send it to us to play. Have a video of yourself performing a skill and want Tristan to match it? Send it our way.
ControlTV has affirmed that technology doesn’t divide us. It brings us closer together. You’ve shown us you care about Tristan. With three weeks left to pull the strings, how will you use them? To challenge Tristan, or entertain him, to help him find a career or fall in love?
In effect, you’re the producers. Thanks to you, your attention and affection, this experiment seems to be working. Let’s push the limits of it. Let’s discover together what more it can yield.