I sure did just spend a half an hour unpacking the first line of Neuromancer for someone who doesn't understand it and realizing how perfectly it works as a metaphor for the protagonist's mood:
Case is condemned to the real world, his capacity for entering cyberspace burnt out forever. He is a broken television, that cannot tune in to any channels at all; stuck in meatspace, he feels he has no more reason to live, and knows he will probably be dead soon.
"The sky above the port was the color of a television tuned to a dead channel."
Gotta love that packed prose.
And now it's changed color again: what's a dead channel any more? Your new "smart" TV, it's just gonna be a quiet screen full of icons for different streaming service's apps, maybe a couple of ads clamoring silently for your attention at the border, because we live in fucking Pohl & Kornbluth's "Space Merchants".
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