|Advertisement at the Train Station at the Midtown Commons in North Austin|
television also open the gates for exploitation by the unprincipled marketing of Madison Avenue who sold us junk we didn't need---this lead to dad's working extra hours to pay for the useless junk and was less available to the family---soon Mom's also left home to work to help pay for the junk that kept getting more expensive---and the final trap: if you can't afford the latest expensive junk you can have it now and PAY FOR IT LATER. The ultimate trap of consumerism all made possible by our addiction---just as potent as heroin---to TV which looked so harmless sitting at the center of the living room---but it was the Pandora's box that destroyed America in little over a generation---tragically the latest census 2011 showed that the TV watched per capita per day was still increasing. Solution? Same as any other treatment of addiction: first step keep the addictive substance out of the hands of the addict until they "dry out". Translation: throw the damned things (most American homes have more than one TV per person) in the dumpster and unsubscribe to high speed internet feeds---TV can be watched on any computer or similar device like an iPad---so all the alternative modes must be eliminated.