The Ubiquitous Television Screen

Posted by Susan Veligor on June 7, 2013

We long ago gave up our right to silence in doctors’, dentists’, and hospital waiting rooms. As if the varied array of magazine publications aren’t distraction enough. Recently while in Massachusetts my daughter and I stopped to fill the gas tank in the lovely and picturesque town of Groton. I have long lamented the loss of full service stations to begin with (my father, ever the gentleman, believed a lady shouldn’t have to pump gas) but at this particular location we also were subjected to the jacked up volume of advertisements emanating from a video screen atop the pump – best characterized as IN YOUR FACE.
 
This week we learned that our cell phone activity has been quietly observed by the FBI and other state law enforcement bodies. Much discussion ensued about the sanctity of our rights. I confess to feeling a greater invasion of privacy when I can’t even be alone with my thoughts because of some blasted TV monitor!

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