gin, television and social surplus

[kottke] Clay Shirky on social surplus. How much of their leisure time do people pour into TV that they could pour into other projects, and how long will they continue to use “lean back” forms of entertainment, instead of “lean forward’?

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  1. that is why we don’t have a TV. But I still enjoy watching TV at my parents-in-law’s holiday house….

  2. It all puts “where do you find the time” into perspective, doesn’t it?

    One of the lecturers was saying that 30 years ago, kids were being taught “in the future, you’ll have so much leisure time, you’ll have to learn what to do with it”, but it really just gets soaked up by the distraction of the day.

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