'All of these media are being replaced by a single cool, impassive, and implacable delivery system: the screen. According to a recent study conducted on behalf of the Nielsen-funded Council for Research Excellence, we now spend between 8-1/2 to 9-1/2 hours a day gazing at a screen, whether of the television, computer, e-reader, or smart phone variety, and no one is predicting that this rather stunning number is likely to decrease any time soon.'He goes on to consider what is happening in the high street now, and how this too is reflecting this same emptiness without character - it is a blandness he has seen before.
At first this seems depressing and somewhat hopeless, but the essay doesn't end that way. There is, he says, a place for all these things - the new technology and the old - and our new challenge is finding the balance, and also working out what works best.
It's a very interesting essay, and I recommend you take a look. Michael is hoping to initiate discussion on his thoughts.