A Note About Television’s Ubiquity
Yesterday featured a reinforcement of something we’ve all realized already, just highlighting it. I spent the day at home, reading and generally recovering from my Baku escapade. Host mom left to go to a funeral of a family friend, and Miri was working at the hotel, so I was home alone (gasp). It was a very quiet day, and I managed to commit enough reading time to actually start and finish a book. When host mom came home, she asked me how I was. The relevant part of the conversation went like this:
HM: Have you been bored? Did you watch television?
Me: No, I’m not bored. I’m reading.
HM: Did you know how to turn on the television? You weren’t bored?
Me: No, I’m not bored. I know how to turn on the television. I’ve been reading. I’m not bored.
In fact, it is the case that you don’t necessarily need to have the TV on to ward off the claws of boredom. I think Azerbaijan could use a Turn Off Your TV Week. Is that sadistic? I may have just wished boredom on an entire nation.