To the introvert, the TV is an enemy. The nasal cadence and pitch of TV voices appeals to Loud people. It sounds like a rapid, relentless staccato. It destroys local patterns of speech and makes millions talk in lockstep. I’ve noticed those who belong often like to do things or even sleep with the TV on for background noise. It’s the very voice of mass society’s hive mind itself singing to them and soothing them. To the outsider, the TV is the very voice of that great Tyrant God.
If you would determine someone’s world view and perceived place in society, it is easy to simply watch their attitude towards the TV. Few other devices so effectively symbolize the mass experience of the 20th century: the collective hive mind talking down to a crowd that can’t talk back.
As an introvert, I love to see how the collaborative, egalitarian discourse of the internet has begun to displace the big brother television. It is like seeing a false idol toppled and cast down.
Alas, with a new age comes new enemies. In some ways, “social networking” sites like facebook are even more insidious and invasive than 20th century mass media.
The look on people’s faces when you tell them “I’m not on facebook” says it all.