October 21, 2004

Take Back the Blight!


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This has gone to the top of my Christmas giving list. It is a simple device that

"Hangs on your keychain and turns off virtually any television in 3 continents! "
-- Order from TV-B-Gone From Cornfield Electronics
If you're like me and have grown to loathe the increasing penetration of television into every niche of public life (bars, airports, laundromats, restaurants, waiting rooms, etc. etc. etc.), this is a gift from God.

Imagine being able to simply sit in a place and have a quiet drink, a decent converstation over coffee, or just wait and read quietly. Hard to imagine since the plague of television has now spread over our public spaces like the chicken pox of the soul.

Don't get me wrong. I "like" television. I like it too much when I'm at home. But when I do not like it is when it is assumed that every place in the world needs to have a televison going lest people have to sit down with themselves and others. i especially don't like it since the tubes are invariably tuned to insanely boring shows with the sound cranked over the top of the range of the human voice, or muted. It's a distraction for mouthbreathers.

With this subtle item on your keychain, you've got the power to alter the world for the better in many, many places. I'm expecting great things from this little item. Great things.

P.S. Yes, yes, Wired did an article on this, but I got this pointer from the far hipper and more valuable growabrain. [Which if you are not checking out regularly, you are missing out regularly.]

Posted by Vanderleun at October 21, 2004 12:50 AM
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Good idea, but it's really obnoxious how those guys compare TVs to cigarette smoke. Its a big lie that cigarette smoke is harmful to anyone except the smoker, and even for smokers its arguable that it takes more than a few years off a life on average, and those are years when youre old anyway. But give me a break,, if youre not even the one smoking, lighten up and stop being a nazi because it would take something like 300 years to get cancer breathign someone elses smoke and by then you'd be dead from something else anyway, like pissing someone off with your whining probably!

Posted by: Floyd Jackson at October 22, 2004 6:18 PM