The clever folks over at The Smart Set have just posted my essay on watching TV in Jordan, “Surfing the Satellite“:
What if more Americans got this madness on their sets, rather than the endless rolling plains of midwestern accents (dotted by the occasional Telemundo) on spin-off networks of spin-off networks? There isn’t much that molds us more than channel-surfing. The average home has more television sets than people, and each person watches close to four and a half hours a day. That’s more than 13 years out of a 71-year lifetime.
While you’re there, make sure to check out the excellent essays by Smart Set regular Morgan Meis.