TV, TV Everywhere and Not a Chance to Think

Help! The public sphere is being flooded with TV screens that are drowning out everything else. They show up everywhere, obtrusive and unavoidable.

Media Overload

They demand attention; trying to block them out and do something else can be mentally exhausting. Whether they are large or small, whether they broadcast a public station or a closed circuit network, their continuous distraction of moving images and background noise discourages people from interacting, reading, writing, or just sitting quietly and thinking. I really dislike it.  Skip the life preserver and someone please throw me a remote!
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Facebook Gratitude Chain Letter

Facebook is the new medium for chain letters. You remember the old chain letters, don’t you? You sent something (a dollar, a recipe, a prayer) to the last person on the list, added your name to the top of the list, and then sent copies of the letter to three other people. These always came with a promise and a threat. If no one broke the chain everyone would reap great rewards, but whoever broke the chain would get untold bad luck. Detailed examples were provided for both.  I never played along. I either tried to graciously return the letter to whoever gave it to me or just threw it out as an annoyance.  And now, I received the Facebook Gratitude Chain Letter!

the word gratitude etched in a stone
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