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The Humble TV Remote Control: Friend Or Foe?

Aug 17, 2007
Technology such as LCD Monitors covered in this article are rapidly changing our world in many ways and becoming more affordable for the average person. It's worth mentioning however that better technology is actually properly defined as simply a better way of doing something we already do with whatever process we have at hand. Rather than thinking of better technology in terms of computers, hi tech gadgets and such, for example anytime we find a way to get to work 5mins faster than before we have found a better technology to improve our lives in some respect.

Several people in families all over the world fight over many things. I am not referring to things like domestic violence here, which are despicable acts of cowardly people. I am referring to things like food, cleanliness, newspaper subscriptions and the like. I've personally witnessed otherwise peaceful families break into literal wars over mundane and often, nondescript issues. We too have out warring subject. In our house, the TV remote control is the biggest cause of strife.

Do I hear you giggling? You'd better not! For the TV remote control has almost torn asunder the fabric of our otherwise closely knit and well adjusted family. Till a couple of years ago, we had an old TV that my grandfather had passed us down. Sure it had a blurry image and one had to walk up to it in order to change the channel. And they were only half a dozen channels to see anyways. While we were surely out of the pale of regular American TV watchers and the discussions, we actually enjoyed watching TV. Until the TV died on us that is.

But then, the keeping up with the Joneses bug bit us too and dad went down to the electronics store to bring this mammoth flat screen television with a zillion different channels. It looked good, seemed to have the most incredible features, and best of all, came with a TV remote control. Why I say that it seemed like the best feature is because a TV remote control for us, was still a novel thing. We had never before owned a television that came with a TV remote control and were thrilled that we could become slouching couch potatoes and would never have to get off the couch to change channels.

**Running Commentary** - Its interesting to note at this point that the cost of LCD Monitors is going to range in price quite a bit and you really need to first identify your needs and wants and when you go shopping make sure you don't overspend for features you want but don't really need. As technology so quickly becomes obsolete 1. many of the features will become obsolete 2. later models will be cheaper if not superseded by a later model with newer features and 3. are you going to actually have time to read the whole manual and understand how all the features work ? (I know I never figure out all the features of any new gadget or gizmo I buy)

As is normal in such cases, the younger members of the family were the first ones to discover the immense uses of the TV remote control. They discovered for instance, that there was a world of information available at the press of the 'info' button. Suddenly, sitting through a movie to discover that it sucked only after having wasted a hour and a half was a problem that would never surface. The info button could tell us if we wanted to watch the movie at all. Next, the ability to see a picture in picture was made possible due to the TV remote control. Although I suspect that the state of the art TV had something to d with it as well. Each day, we discovered newer tips and tricks of the TV remote control and were soon proficient in its use.

But Dad soon usurped the TV remote control and began to delude himself that it was meant for his sole use. He literally hogged the remote all day long (or whenever he happened to be sitting in front of the TV) watching his boring stock quotes and news channels. With him holding the reins, it was no longer possible for us to flip channels at will before we decided on what we wanted to see. And thus, the griping started. Everybody was suddenly the TV remote control's best pal and nobody wanted to share it with any other family member. Large, bloody wars were fought over who controlled the TV remote control. (Dad usually won!) The losers weren't so happy and either sulked all day or nagged all day. Life itself became a living hell. Now of course, we all have our individual TVs and TV remote controls. But the innocuous remote is a family bonding killer. Take my word for it!

To wrap up our article about LCD Monitors I wish you luck in putting your new technology to use in your home/work life. In the last 20 years I have seen so many examples of new technology come and go I can't help feeling excited about what I'm going to see in the next 20 years. Although many people seem to feel a sense of foreboding about new things changing their lives in a negative way I must confess that I don't have this fear at all (at the ripe old age of 40 anyway). I understand that new and changing technology is not only inevitable but in fact is opening up more opportunities for us all than ever before in our history and we should only feel threatened if we choose to cling to the past and somehow expect the rest of the world around us to do the same.
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Mr James has owned The Cartridge Specialists (Melbourne) since 2004 selling ink, toner, fax rolls etc & regularly writes articles about his industry
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