Technology today encourages us to isolate ourselves by watching television on our own terms. We are made to feel old-fashioned and unimportant unless we watch what we want when and where and how we want, regardless of those around us. For most, television is no longer an “electronic fireplace” that brought families and friends together in the evenings throughout its first few decades. (Radio, of course, did the same thing before television came along.) Technology continues to drive us all apart, at least in the physical sense, with only social media to unite us in our isolation (provided we not only choose to engage, but engage wisely with the right medium at the right time). This is especially true where the consumption and/or enjoyment of video content is concerned, and it has been very much on my mind these last couple of days, because when I think of television as it used to be … as something with the power to bring people together … the first person who comes to mind is Adam West, for many of us the one true Batman.
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