Why are we still here?

The funny thing about the Oscars is that they’re about film but they are television—in fact, an older, more modest breed of television than all the things we call TV today, like a football game. To watch the Oscars on ABC, you had to have access to a live TV feed—either through signing in on the ABC website through a cable provider or starting a soon-to-be-canceled trial at any number of streaming TV options. Or better yet, you just had an honest-to-goodness television set, plugged into the wall like a dog on a leash.

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