Daniel McCarthy observes that young Americans are spending less time watching TV. I wonder, though, if that means they’re spending less time in front of a glowing screen. I doubt it. I almost never watch TV, but it’s not because I’m spending more time playing Sorry with my kids, or reading a book. It’s because I’m in front of a laptop screen. My wife, the insomniac, watches a lot more TV than I do, but it’s almost all Netflix on her iPad.
It would be nice if more of us were going Russell Kirk, but I think we’re just finding new screens to enslave ourselves to. Still, I think Daniel is onto something about interactivity. I find that simply watching a TV screen makes me jittery. I’m not used to being so passive in front of a screen for so long. It’s harder to watch movies now than it used to be.