Here's the vision:

A giant screen. Size of a wall. It's on a wall. On the side of a building. Facing a very busy street. Enormous screen. Full color. HD. No, not HD. 4k. 4k with an option to upgrade to 8k in two years.

It's on all day. 24/7. All day, full blast, full detail. Super bright. Digital bright. People across the street never go to bed again. And it's warm. It's safe. It's not hot, you can touch it. Birds gather near it. Constant glow. There's a slight hum but only dogs can sense it. Young dogs. And they're already crazy.

On the screen runs, uninterrupted, all day live stream feed footage of Appalacian Mountain Top Removal coal mining operations. Nonstop. Mountains being blown to dust by machines to reach coal. Put the camera up on a tree, or on a flag pole. Big fence around the base. It never shuts off.

BOOM! All day! Boom! Nature's majesty, Gone forever. Man wins.

And we never turn it off. The screen is hard wired into the grid. Can't turn it off.

And it's only interrupted every few hours by a 15 minute cutaway to the Ten Commandments. Maybe Amazing Grace plays in the background. Then right back to the mining.

OK, John. You've convinced me. I'm ready to try Windows 98.

Chris Weagel

Chris Weagel writes about the intersection of technology and parenting for Wired Magazine. No he doesn't. He can't stand that shit.

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