New Zealand Listener

Television in the time of Covid-19

It doesn’t seem long ago we were telling our teenagers, “Don’t go out dressed like that” and “Don’t go there, it’s not safe.” In this new world we’ve been inhabiting, they have been the ones getting in touch to check in and say, “Parents, we can get what you need, don’t go out.”

Now we’re all self-isolating. What to do? “Download Houseparty,” my daughter said. It’s an app that allows us to get on our phones to chat and do entertainment trivia quizzes together, apparently. A month with no contact apart from in cyberspace is a

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