Imagine never turning off your TV

Sony introduced a new “television strategy” yesterday at the Consumer Electronics Show, one that frankly fills me with horror. Well, maybe a more accurate emotion would be depressed resignment. Anyway, Sony COO Kunitake Ando outlined his vision of the future of television, as reported by BBC News World Edition…


Let me start with a short quote:


“”The first 50 years of colour television was just the infancy stage,” he said during a keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. “The TV is going to be reborn as an always on and connected device.”

What most bugs me about this is that I think that TV rots the brain. Literally. Ever looked at people – particularly kids – while they’re watching a TV program? It’s like someone hit the ‘pause’ button on their cerebral functions, as they sit there, glassy-eyed and slack-jawed, absorbing whatever crap is being beamed at ’em.


Fair disclosure; our kids don’t watch any TV at all, nor do we let them watch movies other than once in a blue moon. We are very careful about their media exposure because my wife and I both believe that TV viewing prevents healthy development of imagination and individual resources for play and entertainment. Your milage may certainly vary if you’re a parent. That’s cool. I’m not out to change the world. Yet. 🙂


But while I understand the enthusiasm Sony has for wanting all of us to have a Sony television on 24×7, isn’t it just a bit revolting to think that we’re living in a society where people can’t pick up a book to read in a quiet house, or sit and chat with other members of their family, or – horrors – play a game together? And, no, not to sound like a curmudgeon, but I don’t think that a family clustered around the Nintendo is qualitatively the same as a family sitting at the table playing a board game or card game.


We all pick our own roads in life, but I sure hope that Sony’s wrong about people being willing to never turn off their TV. But we’ll see…

One comment on “Imagine never turning off your TV

  1. When 24/7 news shows came onto the boob tube…That was it…Spoiled tv. watching for me…When living alone I loved to watch those old movies (good and bad) late at night when coming home from my late night jobs…A nice ‘chill time’ before going off to bed…
    I will never pay for cable…total waste of money in my book…and haven’t watched t.v. for yrs…But, I can see where living somewhere with those long cold winters it might be nice to watch some stuff once in awhile…if it doesn’t hurt to spend the money on the cable…
    Way too many people though are addicted to tv., but it’s not recognized as an addiction…
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    That Sony ‘COO’…wants people to be brain dead…As long as Sony’s pocketbooks are doing good…what do they care?…People like this Sony guy make me want to vomit…
    The concept of wanting people to constantly be plugged into a technology of info. is a mindset saying they want people to become robotic…It’s an anathema to actually being, creating, growing and maturing as a human being…
    Unfortunately, I think way too many people are willing to fall into this trap of constantly being plugged into technology…(I keep myself plugged into this darn computer sometimes too much also)…

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