Radio Silence

When you don’t want to hear any spoilers in a heavily connected world.

Radio Silence

The Formula 1 season started last week in Australia, and I stayed up till 3 AM EST to watch the live event but fell asleep halfway through. This week’s live telecast in Malaysia started at 4 AM EST, so I decided to watch the re-broadcast of the event at 3 PM EST.

What to do if I don’t want to hear who’s won the race?

  • Don’t turn on the television till 3 PM:
    Every news and sports channel now has scrolling tickers along the bottom of the screen showing the latest headlines. Duct tape along the bottom of the TV comes to mind.
  • Don’t surf the web on my computer:
    Forget about visiting Reddit or making the mistake of doing a search on Google for Formula 1. Oh those helpful engineers at Google, they think of everything.
  • Don’t look at my smartphone:
    Those in-the-know news gathering apps, they become a hindrance real quick when you don’t really care to know.
  • Fast forward a number of years:
    Open up the Net connected refrigerator and a sultry voice informs you that you’re out of milk and congrats to Sebastian Vettel for winning the Malaysian Grand Prix. Drats!!!

I’d sit alone and watch your light
My only friend through teenage nights
And everything I had to know
I heard it on my radio