Guest Writer IV
Television: it numbs you, it heals you.
Look, we're human, okay? Sometimes we run out ideas. That's why, from time-to-time, we'll farm out the product writeup to an MFA student. Hey, if it worked for James Frey, it can work for us, right? So, today's writeup for this VIZIO 32" 720p LED Smart TV comes from Terrance Halpern, an MFA Candidate at Eastwestern College in Massachusetts:
I could feel the drivel on VIZIO cutting a tunnel through my soul, but would I turn it off? No. For then I would be faced with a program which I would not like to watch, a program called my reflection, a program called me.
That the television's 720p display provided a high-quality progressive-scan picture from a high-definition source, that its energy efficient sensors auto-adjusted the brightness for the perfect picture regardless of room conditions, that its LED technology allowed for richer colors and more vivid details, none of this mattered to me. All that was important was that the machine serve as a barrier between me and myself, a sponge to soak up my idle thoughts, a temporary eraser that could, for a moment, delete my past and allow the present to stand alone, like a pillar whose prize had long been stolen and forgotten.
Of course, at some point, I would have to come back to the real world. I would have to press the off button, to ween my heart off the emotional morphine known as entertainment, and to face the haunting music of my terrible situation. I would have to come to terms with the house fire that claimed my parents, and grandparents, and all of my aunts and uncles, and several second cousins, and god parents. It took my entire family from me, except for Timothy, my baby brother, who I now had to care for, this new and unexpected responsibility sending my blossoming career international journalist into a state of shrivelment.
But why fuss with any of that now? Why face the tightly woven web whose sole purpose was to trap me, to slap me across the face with my own mortality and remind me of what could have been but will now never be. No, I thought, I would watch television until everything got better or until I died, and with what the doctors had been telling me, I had a good idea of which one would come first.