Rascals are always sociable, and the chief sign that a man has any nobility in his character is the little pleasure he takes in others company. Arthur Schopenhauer

Atomised entertainment technology

What baffles me about entertainment technology is how atomised it is. People used to sit in packed cinemas to watch films, families used to gather around the radio and, later, the TV, to listen and watch. Friends used to meet up at the arcade and take turns playing games. Of course, all of these things still happen, but many more people own personal devices now and can cut themselves off entirely from other people, immerse themselves totally in individual entertainment. Consequently, we spend less time in public space and spend more time alone.

I don’t know if this is a bad thing or not. At the end of the day, it’s just entertainment.