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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