Now that I am at the gym regularly I am living the ‘zappers dream’ I can watch TV on 10 screens simultaneously and all without sound (because of my ears I don’t want to use ear plugs). I noticed that the amount of visual information is small enough that I can really watch all the screens they have up. At 7:30 a.m. many stations turn into Shopping Channels selling funky things like the Restamat or Küchenstolz or whatever else you don’t need at really ‘lower prices’. But those shopping shows don’t have re-runs. Either the product fails (miserably) or it makes it into the real world? They become even more stupid if you cannot listen to the text and simply have to watch a stupidly grinning anchor(wo)man or two of them. I really wonder how they can believe that a 20 minute commercial makes the difference?
The other half of the screens are tuned to MTV-lookalikes. I never noticed before how much naked flesh is displayed in 90% of the videos. So I guess for the men at the gym these are a real motivation to stay longer.
The only thing that bugs me is the news channel. Except the other day when they were showing pictures of the metro bombing of Moscow. Usually I would like to be able to listen to what they are saying.