Is television a waste of time? Yes… but, perhaps, a waste badly needed during the years it has taken for society to reinvent itself. A steam-valve for the volcanic birth of the Information Age.
In this insightful essay on social surplus, Clay Shirky argues that our the hours liberated by the microwave and the washing machine may yet fuel a radical transformation. If so, television has been the cocoon, a blanketing layer of wool that has insulated us through a period of vulnerable non-viability.