"Freedom of choice can turn into a tyranny of choice."
Barry Schwartz, professor of psychology, Swarthmore College


I can't take it anymore!

She's overloaded — with too many choices!
Technology-enabled leisure becomes an overwhelming dilemma.
She's already a victim of that nasty, stress mongering, character icon from the future — "Miss Paradox," who by not wanting you to miss anything causes you to end up missing everything. Technology-enabled leisure becomes a confusing and overwhelming dilemma.

Here's a typical modern day's internal struggle brought upon by today's wealth of technology...

"MP3s. Yeah, I'll download a few and listen. Wait, what about the radio — I like the afternoon DJ. No, satellite radio has a great program on too. Just got that new CD though — maybe I'll give it a listen. But that DVD's been sitting on the table for over a week! Yeah, but I like that old show "Mr. Ed" on cable — it's about to begin. Maybe I'll record it, but I already have more than a month of programs queued up."

"What should I listen to?!"

"What should I watch?!"

"I can't decide!!!

Oh, the stress of it all!!!"

"Too much of a good thing!"



Striving for affluence? It's a double-edged sword. If this isn't you yet, it could be — if you're seeking inordinate material wealth.

And here's a warning! It is only going to get worse midcentury when Phrenicea becomes part of our lives.

More than just music and video and all the cool hi-tech gadgets which all become obsolete — imagine having every bit of information from the beginning of recorded history instantly available to you upon demand. Just by thinking!

Here might be a typical day's internal struggle midcentury, helped along by that spitish Miss Paradox...

"What do I think about?"

"What do I want to learn?"

"What music should I listen to — or compose?"

"Whose memory would I like to relive?"

"I can't decide!!!"


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