JournalismPakistan.com April 13, 2013
You know when the battery runs out and you go press-press-press with huge despair and hope, like come on baby, just one more start, aaaaagh, I am getttingggggg angry, I am getting carpal tunnel syndrome here, press-press-press...
In a remote control world we have no control over ourselves, funny, that.
Talking of remotes, research has shown that people will spend inordinate time searching for a misplaced remote control for the TV rather than go and switch it on manually. That is like you have lost the battle and we RC hunters are made of sterner stuff, we search and seek and strive and do not yield.
Remote control hunting is a global activity and epitomizes the dependence level. Fighting over remote control "control' is a very real fallout and has led to family wars of the worst kind, including violence.
Enter room, look for remote for TV next to the one for the channel box next to the one for the sound system next to the one for the DVD player next to one for the décor lights and forbid the possibility that they are not all there.
Since remote controls for TVs have a mind of their own and can trot off to the oddest places without any effort from you (under the sofa cushion, behind the bed, beneath the cupboard, in the bathroom) I did not touch it, the damn thing was here a moment ago, who took the remote control, their disappearance is a matter of much attrition and great dismay. Frantic hunt because all us hi falutin’ techies have no idea how to switch on those skinny wall panels called LED sets, I don’t think they have a start button on them anymore. And if you do manage to get it on how do you change the channel from the Chinese dance program running now.
You can have your husband and wife wars over who has control over the remote but that is nothing compared to having a damaged non-functional RC because have you ever tried getting a replacement for whatever system you have. You might as well try Everest without oxygen.
Out of stock. Old model, no longer available. Come next week, please….next week, are you crazy, the match is on tonight.
Will someone explain why it is so tough to get a new remote control?
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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