[PREV - TOLERANCE] [TOP]
January 19, 1993
I don't hate TV, I hate the idiots who turn on
TVs at stupid moments, crank up the volume, and then expect
everyone else to treat it like a goddamn shrine and pay no
attention to anything or anyone else in the room.
I also hate the people who turn on TVs for a reason, and
then let them run for no reason.
I hate idiots like myself who allow themselves to be
hypnotized by the flashing glowing lights and are unable to
think clearly when the almost-hypersonic flyback whine of
the TV is ringing out.
Anyway, do you see what I'm getting at? We've all been through
this before: technologies aren't neutral. It ain't just how you
use the tool, the tool has built into it a bias toward certain
And I'm a pro-tech person myself. Will some luck and some
intelligence, the very human act of rational creation, of
tool-building will indeed save us.
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