term common in describing the evils of television. I came across this term in Jerry Mander's 1976 book Four Arguments for the Elimination of Televison. Refers to the mediation of experience and believability of false images (computer generated, altered, etc.)

First and
Foremost
:

This is an imaginary condition


No person has become ill from looking
At
Toward
Into
Their surroundings

No one seeks a remedy for moments of fascination

There are no support groups for us
Those of us who focus so intently on the infinite small details of everyday

We do not gather together in small rooms with high ceilings
Do not nod in unison toward the podium
Do not grip small Styrofoam cups with white knuckles and do not

Admit to powerlessness over our addiction

Were this a real illness
If devotion to the mundane was tragic
I am sure I would know

It is also likely I would be labeled as:
noncompliant with treatment



For JohnnyGoodyear.

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