It wasn’t too many years ago when they put TV’s in elevators. I must admit it was a marvel. I could travel 32 stories straight up in a small box standing shoulder to knee with other New Yorkers and get the latest headlines, stock quotes and weather. By the time I reached the 17th floor I was completely up to date with world news. Apparently that’s not good enough or accessible enough anymore, now we need to be plugged in while we’re visiting the rest room.
Cliché as it sounds, I never thought I’d live to see the day. Here’s how it happened – I was at a meeting in the Time Warner Building last week, a beautiful structure located directly across from Central Park in New York City. The first several floors of the building have a myriad of shops to delight any business person waiting for their next meeting. I was 20 minutes early for my appointment so I thought a quick trip to the public restroom to fluff my coiffure and take away the shine was in order. Imagine my surprise when I stepped up to the wall of sinks and in addition to seeing my reflection in the mirror I saw television screens embedded into the glass. I’m not talking about an actual TV monitor built into the glass, what I saw was the futuristic technology of a ‘television mirror’.
So astounded was I, that I whipped my camera out and began snapping away. A total stranger who happened to be standing by the sink thought I was a lunatic to be taking photos in a public restroom. Perhaps she thought I was with the Board of Health instead of the creative person I am seizing an opportunity to share too much information on my blog. In any event, I’m not sure my description or my photos do this technological wonder justice (where’s Ted Fisher when you need him), but I couldn’t resist capturing the moment.
After my wonderment faded (3 minutes later) I shook my head, tsk, tsked to myself and asked the question – Do we really need television in public restrooms? There are some places that should remain quiet and private without being bombarded by any sort of information. Unless the planet is about to disappear into the ozone layer, I say leave that room public or private alone and free of distractions except for the occasional scented candle.
What about you – do you need news updates every single minute of your life?