Saturday, October 13, 2012
Smart TV, for an increasingly helpless culture
Even the usually clueless glue-sniffers over at YouTube get the punchline for this one- the little moppet sitting on the floor has spent so much time being ignored by the other people living in the house, who are so fixated on the Idiot Box Which Rules Over All, that his first words are "Hi, TV."
His proud mother, after noting that Big Brother In HD hasn't responded to moppet's voice command by streaming porn, can only whisper "Wow." I don't know if the "wow" means "wow, his first words are a salutation to our television set," or "wow, we have that thing on and operating way too often, if it's come to this," but my guess is that it's far more likely to mean "Wow, what an awesome tv. It even responds to the voice of that kid on the floor- what was his name again?"
Isn't it awesome that this "family" is spending so much time talking to the TV, waving at the tv, using the tv to browse the web and find directions to the hardware store and- let's face it- allow them to avoid any interaction with each other? Is it safe to assume that if this television doesn't already respond with a personal greeting, the next generation (due out before Christmas) will? Is it equally safe to assume that when THAT happens, the television just becomes the most popular member of the family?
Meanwhile, I've been talking to MY television for years. Sure, it's mostly cursing, but how can you blame me? Look at the crap I have to put up with from it.