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Here is a 2002 Scientific American article reporting the symptoms of TV addiction. I don't doubt that TV is addictive. What surprised me was Eben's argument that the lacing of the T.V. image is one of the culprits. I can't find any sources that make that argument. Help?

(I'm ultimately curious whether the features that make TV addictive carry over to computers. The SciAm article suggests that "the simple formal features of television--cuts, edits, zooms, pans, sudden noises--activate the orienting response, thereby keeping attention on the screen." "First described by Ivan Pavlov in 1927, the orienting response is our instinctive visual or auditory reaction to any sudden or novel stimulus. It is part of our evolutionary heritage, a built-in sensitivity to movement and potential predatory threats. Typical orienting reactions include dilation of the blood vessels to the brain, slowing of the heart, and constriction of blood vessels to major muscle groups. Alpha waves are blocked for a few seconds before returning to their baseline level, which is determined by the general level of mental arousal. The brain focuses its attention on gathering more information while the rest of the body quiets."

-- AndrewGradman - 17 Sep 2008

I don't believe I argued that interlacing is a source of television's uniquely power-concentrating appeal. I must have said something extremely obscure; we should figure out what it was so I can put it in plain English.

-- EbenMoglen - 17 Sep 2008



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r2 - 17 Sep 2008 - 02:39:30 - EbenMoglen
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