Have you met the interns yet? They're pretty amazing. The following post is from Nick Holmstedt a recent graduate of Hamline University. He has a knack for making friends easily and even though he doesn't really like coffee, we try not to hold that against him.
I was agape! What frustration, what inconvenience! To be riddled by the cacophony of putrid voice acting that permeates the advertisement industry as I attempt to watch the most recent episode of White Collar. Yeah, you know. Hulu Plus. We have been treated to the delicacies- Netflix, Amazon Prime. Oh, their functionality just oozes with scrumptious mindlessness. My mental attendance is allowed tardiness as I dangle my feet off the couch, head back and hoisted by a plush cloud of pillowy goodness.
Oh no, Hulu Plus could not offer the sweet seclusion of fiction (or non-fiction for you documentary types) alone. Instead it blunders its offer with boisterous… advertisements. I shudder at the word. Advertisements. Brr.
If I can say anything serious, I should wonder about our patience. I look at myself and see my aggravation with a simple 2 minute break: a disconnect from something entirely unimportant (in and of itself) anyway. I could even make use of that time: do something as simple as grabbing a glass of water or doing some pushups (because I do those all the time).
Maybe we could do with an extra dose of focus. We are distracted by advertisements but so often television itself is the distraction. It can be relaxing or it can serve to rest our busied minds. If our focus is its content, we have to be careful, though, not to fall into the pit of escape. In my impatience, I would rather dwell in the laziness of fiction than engage in the deep rest of prayer. Don’t mistake that I am suggesting TV is of the devil and must never be viewed. It’s what you make of it. However next time you see an advertisement, try to pull out a Bible verse or two and enjoy the company of God. Who knows, it could be more exciting than the newest episode of Lost. Wait, that’s not on anymore? Guess it really got lost in the times.