Watching TV last night, I was dumbstruck by this commercial for “The Hopper,” a DVR device and service that allows viewers to record up to 2000 hours of programming. 2000 hours! That’s 83 days’ – almost two full months – worth of viewing.
Wallace imagined a video so enthralling that the viewer couldn’t take his/her eyes off of it and would literally die from The Entertainment. With this new device, we don’t need some highly addictive video to keep our eyes glued to the screen. Instead we can watch whatever we want. For 2000 hours.
Are we one step closer to truly entertaining ourselves to death?