I walked into a room yesterday to find five perfectly intelligent people all watching tv with their mouths hanging just slightly slack and not a word passing between them. They were watching, if that's what they were doing with their heads turned towards the glowing box in the corner, a quiz show.
I waited for a few minutes. Nothing. I'm not sure anybody even blinked (though I could be wrong in that).
"What tv has done to the art of conversation, eh?" I said, tartly, to no one in particular.
"Hhhhnnnmmmm," said the more attentive of the group.
I could feel my brain shrinking to the size of a dried pea.