I got a TV this week. I haven’t had one for a long while. I watch movies on my computer, or from a projector on a pull down screen. But I thought to get a TV again. Mostly I wanted to stream movies from a service called The Criterion Channel on a screen bigger than my small computer. They stream older, art and foreign movies. I love those kind of films. Criterion doesn’t work with a projector. Only with a TV. So I got the TV.
It took a while to set up the TV. Then I started to watch a movie. After a little while I realized, I don’t like TVs. I don’t like the way movies look on the screen. It’s shiny and doesn’t have the movie screen feeling. Plus I don’t like having the TV. It looks like a monolith to me. I feel it calling my attention to it when it’s not on. Plus I’m not a fan of devices. I don’t like using a smart phone. Basically, I saw the TV was clutter for me. For someone else, it would be a source of joy. We’re all different in what fits our nature. No nature being better than another.
I returned the TV and felt much better. The relief was fast. I didn’t feel badly for having gotten the TV. It seemed like a good idea. Until I tried it on for size.