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You'll hear a little of this and lot of that on Light On Light Through - my reviews of great television series, my interviews with authors and creative media people and their interviews of me, my political commentary, thoughts about my favorite cars and food and space travel, discussions of my music, and a few of my readings from my science fiction stories. These are usually audio and a few are video.  In the first years, starting in 2006, I put up a new episode at least once a month.  More recently, it became more or less often than once a month, usually a lot less often.  But in the Fall of 2018, I began getting more in the mood to podcast, and you can expect new episodes now a little more frequently.  - Paul Levinson

The Media Exile of Useless Places

Sep 20, 2007

I was in an elevator yesterday afternoon.  It almost got stuck.  You know what I mean?  It stopped for a split second in between floors, shuddered, and then resumed its upward journey.

But it got me to thinking (always a dangerous development).  How little portable media have made every place more useful than it used to be.  A stalled elevator, a car stuck in a traffic jam, a seat in a doctor’s office when you’re waiting endlessly for an appointment - a wireless device, whether cell phone, Blackberry, or iPhone,  makes all of those formerly useless places useful.

The result is that we are enjoying increasing discretion and control over our lives and our activities.  Increasingly, we do nothing when we want to do nothing, not when circumstances dictate that we do nothing.

That's a good step forward.