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While You Were Watching TV

By August 26, 2013Nature

In a way it’s sad what has become of the late afternoons. Work’s over, dishes are clean, and the streets are silent. In fact the only sign of life, some days in suburban America, is the flickering blue light emanating from the living room windows of the homes along the street. A light made up of millions of tiny pixels emanating red, green, and blue light to form a rapid succession of still images that create an illusion of movement that mesmerizes and stimulates those watching them into an excited state of mindless stupor, distracting intelligence and focus.

And as intelligent as that may seem, the technology behind the wonderment is half baked when compared to the endless resolution of the external world just outside that living room window. A high res, surround sound experience that is free and accessible to everyone and everything, that not only stimulates the senses but invites mindful reflection, if we will routinely open our media-anesthetized minds and give them a little reality exercise now and again. And all it requires is to turn off the TV and walk fewer steps than it probably takes you to get to your car, but oh the rewards . . .

 

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