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The Biggest Opening Ever
Scott Sullivan
I searched the screen for contextual clues and saw dinosaurs. But not the long-extinct reptiles I relate to. These were dinosaurs rendered by futuristic graphics. The screen was referring to first-week gross for the film “Jurassic World.” In it, humans are window dressing. Its real star—an Indominus rex described by director Colin Trevorrow as symbolic of man’s greed—is the grossest ever. So far.

Screens don’t scream. If they show large and lurid graphics and are accompanied by loud sounds, they may add up to popular entertainment.

But in and of themselves, screens are:

1. Fixed or movable upright partitions used to divide rooms; give shelter from drafts, heat or light; or to provide concealment; or

2. Flat panels or areas on an electronic divide such as a television, computer or smart phone, on which images and data are displayed.

Internet screens connect and divide us this way. If you are reading this on a screen, that is how I’m writing it. The screen’s four sides or walls help us focus on what distracts us.

Case in point: I was flying out of Grand Rapids last week and the plane was late. Like others trapped in the waiting room (without their own “personal” screens), I was casting my eyes between mute TV ones mounted to share information, placate and anesthetize when one caught my eye:

“The biggest opening ever” it read in red letters.

It’s amazing how many biggest- and best-ever things we see in one day, let alone a lifetime. Bigger than the Grand Canyon? Outer space? Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction?

What a threat! What an opportunity!

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