The lure of the LED screen
Posted 06 July 2011 - 07:45 AM
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Posted 06 July 2011 - 08:48 AM
Posted 06 July 2011 - 09:00 AM
The purchase of an up-to-date smartphone seems to have made this worse. The thing vibrates constantly, and I can't wait to get to it to check out what new message has arrived. WHY?. Inevitably, it is precisely the sort of message I've been getting for years on my p.c. But now it seems urgent. Unbearably seductive.
Similarly, I am constantly looking things up on WikiMobile. All a name or title or historical event has to do is pass through my mind, and I''m reaching for the phone. Even things I know perfectly well already.
A case of very late-onset ADHD?
The arts audience in south Florida is sufficiently elderly and civilized that lighted phones not yet a big problem. Requests to shut the phone off usually work Not yet a problem like NYC, where phones do seem to be setting off "a spark to pierce the dark from Battery Park to Washington Heights," to quote Sondheim's Broadway Baby.
Flash-light magnifying glasses have quite a following down here, however. The curtain no sooner rises than people beginning lighting up to check the program. This, despite the fact that they have been holding the program unopened on their laps since they took their seats.
Posted 06 July 2011 - 09:06 AM
I have sympathy with the people who want to check their programs, though. I do look at mine when I sit down in the theater, but sometimes find that my short term memory has purged all casting information the moment that the lights go down...
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