Friday, August 12, 2005

The Beginning of The End ...

It's not one of the seven signs of the apocalypse, but it might as well be:

The New York Times had a story yesterday about restaurants that have installed televisions at each table, a la the cute little jukeboxes of yesteryear. Restaurant owners are reporting that people -- especially families -- will wait upward of an hour for a table with a television, even if they could be seated immediately at a table that's television-free.

If you're prone to eating out alone, I suppose the TV can be argued to be like bringing a book or a newspaper with you.

But families? Families are going out to eat, spending possibly some of the only time during the entire day that they'll all be together, and instead of engaging each other in coversation -- "So, Billy, what did you learn in school today?" -- they're all sitting and staring at the TV? Do they turn away from it when the server comes? Why don't they just order a pizza and stay at home?

2 Comments:

Blogger So-Called Austin Mayor said...

Actually, I think it's the end of the beginning...

10:56 PM  
Blogger T-rav said...

we've been bread to be unsocial. television is our messiah. the less social interaction the more safe we feel. I local bar here has such booths. If you are seated at one the tv is already on. If you carry a conversation invariably at least on person is staring at the tv (even if it is out of the corner of their eye).
look at the epidemic of automated phone services....it gets harder and harder to make human contact. a world becoming more and more "me-oriented".
all praise the powerful messiah…and the inevitable downfall of man

11:58 PM  

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