Note — Jul 11, 2021

Turn It All Off

Seen in → No.181

Source → chrbutler.com/screen-time-crisis

We’ve threaded these paths before, with detox type articles or luddite references, I’m still sharing this by Christopher Butler because of the way he lines-up (and contrasts) Huxley and Orwell, while quoting Neil Postman quite a bit. That’s all I’ll say and I include only a couple of quotes but I encourage you to read the whole thing. Also, I need to radically increase my “time between.”

“Television is our culture’s principal mode of knowing about itself. Therefore — and this is the critical point — how television stages the world becomes the model for how the world is properly to be staged. It is not merely that on the television screen entertainment is the metaphor for all discourse. It is that off the screen the same metaphor prevails.” […]

If we are constantly seeking — channel surfing, subscribing, clicking, tapping, adding to lists, sharing, and swiping — when are we truly experiencing? When are we processing what we have experienced?