Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Digital junk food

Ralph's brought up a good point — sometimes "good enough" is OK. But the real story of digital electronics is the vast quantity of goods we have to sample now, not the quality.

Nature abhors a vacuum, and the proliferation of players — be it an iPod in your hand or a QuickTime player on your computer at work — means there needs to be something to fill it. Enter, YouTube and the like. They're free; they give us something to stare at — perfect for our overstimulated brains. And just like eating Lays Potato Chips, you can't stop at just one.

Did I say potato chips? More like a Supersized Double Quarter Pounder Meal — and probably just as good for you.


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