*This is an old school scissors and glue job constructed of all the televisions from ONE Argos catalogue. (Think Harvey Norman for the fast food generation.)*
"Traditionally, in English-speaking schools when reciting the Alphabet, any letter that could also be used as a word in itself was preceded by the Latin expression "per se" (Latin for "by itself"). Also, it was common practice to add at the end of the alphabet the "&" sign, pronounced "and". Thus, the recitation of the alphabet would end in: "X, Y, Z and per se and." This last phrase was routinely slurred to "ampersand" and the term crept into common English usage by around 1837." "^Wikibloodypedia^":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ampersand
*So presumably the Generation following 'Z' will be '&', and they will be entirely reared on reality TV, Russell Brand and extremely loud adverts. Chuck Palahniuk had it about right.
I can't talk about television without weeping. So I am going to quote the marvellous "Edward R Murrow,":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_R._Murrow because I couldn't say it better:*
“Just once in a while, let us exalt the importance of ideas and information. Let us dream to the extent of saying that on a given Sunday night the time normally occupied by Ed Sullivan is given over to a clinical survey on the state of American education. And a week or two later, the time normally used by Steve Allen is devoted to a thorough-going study of American policy in the Middle East. Would the corporate image of their respective sponsors be damaged? Would the shareholders rise up in their wrath and complain? Would anything happen other than a few million people would have received a little illumination on subjects that may well determine the future of this country and therefore the future of the corporations? To those who say, “People wouldn’t look, they wouldn’t be interested they’re too complacent, indifferent and insulated” I can only reply: There is, in one reporter’s opinion considerable evidence against that contention. But even if they are right, what have they got to lose? Because if they are right and this instrument is good for nothing but to entertain, amuse and insulate then the tube is flickering now and we will soon see that the whole struggle is lost. This instrument can teach. It can illuminate and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it. towards those ends. Otherwise, it is merely wires and lights, in a box.
Good night, and good luck."