Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Waiting for the Signal to Come

White Noise on a Public TV Screen at the Subteráneo Station
Buenos Aires is awash with public TV screens. Like it or not, you will encounter them virtually everywhere. One might think these screens are entertaining while waiting for the next train but in fact it's just annoying. One would wish that all these blatant screens would snooze soundly for awhile. The TV screen in this picture is obviously waiting for a signal to get back to broadcasting. The rather quiet specimen caught my attention exactly because it was so silent and waiting for a signal. Whenever I see this white noise image I kind of feel reminded of my childhood. I remember that I sometimes imagined those black and white dots were fighting each other and there was not a ghost of a chance of winning for either side.

The first of the month has arrived, and it is City Daily Photo Theme Day. December 2009 theme day is Waiting. If you like to see other interpretations of this subject Click here to view thumbnails for all participants.

6 comments:

Andreea said...

I didn't notice the TV screens when I was in BA but I'll take your words for it. I know Bucharest is full of TV screens, from the subway station to any coffee place you can think off and they are becoming bothersome (especially since the aspect ratio is wrong on 90% of them). It's like someone decided all of a sudden that we need to be entertained every single minute of our lives. Before you would see people reading the newspaper or a book while waiting for the subway, now everybody's staring at those TV screens. Nice theme day photo.

Jacob said...

I agree with you wholeheartedly! These ubiquitous television sets drive me nuts...you can't read or keep from watching them...and usually they're set to some program that bores me to tears!

Maybe we should start a campaign to surreptitiously cut the wires! ;-)

bfarr said...

When I see the fuzzy screens like this I always think of the movie Poltergiest. They're baaaaack!

AB said...

Nice capture. Maybe, your frustration with the TV screens had telepathically sabotaged this one.

peenkfrik said...

I used to imagine these dots were tiny worms crawling around the screen. :D

Peter Fristedt said...

I thought it was a monitor showing traffic information, and that it was a chaotic commuter morning.