The remote control shifted power to the individual, and the technologies that have embraced this principle in its wakethe Walkman, the Video Cassette Recorder, Digital Video Recorders such as TiVo, and portable music devices like the iPod have created a world where the individuals control over the content, style, and timing of what he consumes is nearly absolute. Retailers and purveyors of entertainment increasingly know our buying history and the vagaries of our unique tastes. As consumers, we expect our television, our music, our movies, and our books on demand. We have created and embraced technologies that enable us to make a fetish of our preferences...My family believed in the "no thank you" helping - you had to at least taste the food. Shouldn't you do the same with ideas? Who knows, you may learn something.
They encourage not the cultivation of taste, but the numbing repetition of fetish. And they contribute to what might be called “egocasting,” the thoroughly personalized and extremely narrow pursuit of one’s personal taste. In thrall to our own little technologically constructed worlds, we are, ironically, finding it increasingly difficult to appreciate genuine individuality.
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