Thursday, September 10, 2009

think it through

Came across this while flipping through Time Magazine. Calling out Jay Leno is shooting a shark in the bathtub, but this struck me as beyond strange:

“We don’t gather anymore,” he says. “It’s the difference between standing outside a comedy club and looking through the window and standing on the other side of the wall in the room. The experience is a hundred times better when you’re in the room because you’re part of a communal thing with other people. And that’s what TV is to me, a gathering place.”

Emphasis mine, logic his.


Ann said...

I counter with a quote from my friend Kurt Vonnegut:

[When Vonnegut tells his wife he's going out to buy an envelope] "Oh, she says, well, you're not a poor man. You know, why don't you go online and buy a hundred envelopes and put them in the closet? And so I pretend not to hear her. And go out to get an envelope because I'm going to have a hell of a good time in the process of buying one envelope. I meet a lot of people. And, see some great looking babes. And a fire engine goes by. And I give them the thumbs up. And, and ask a woman what kind of dog that is. And, and I don't know. The moral of the story is, is we're here on Earth to fart around. And, of course, the computers will do us out of that. And, what the computer people don't realize, or they don't care, is we're dancing animals. You know, we love to move around. To be part of a community, part of life."

Ann said...

Ah, the irony of posting that on a computer. Kurt would love it.

John said...

Beautiful. God bless you, Ms. Rosewater.

Steve said...

Can anyone actually hear Leno's name without thinking about the Bill Hicks "What have I don with my life" bit?