|Man Bites TV|
Issue 09 (April 2007)
"Spontaneous Video Absorption, or SVA, has become a real health hazard," said Dr. Dan Druff, spokesman for Gargoyle General. "We are seeing numerous cases of television sets, computer consoles, and video games turning on their operators - seizing them and attempting to absorb them into the set, causing thousands of deaths across the nation each year, not to mention the many cases of injury and amputation that also take place. It's getting so that you can't even trust sets that have been in the family for generations and are treated almost as equals, as was 'Spike' in the Enigman family."
The situation has reached such an extreme, in fact, that a newly formed group called the Video Vigilantes has openly advocated forming lynch mobs to deal with wayward TV sets. Proclaiming the slogan, "Set them free," the Vigilantes are spreading like wildfire and are selling tools and weapons for viewers to protect themselves with, as well as a handbook called THE VIDEOIDS: WARMED AND DANGEROUS. "These things are vicious and deadly," Vigilante President Virgil Antte has warned, "and owners must be on the alert for attack at any and all times."
Not so, says Dr. Sara Pewdic, founder of the Video Humane Society and a champion of a gentler, kinder approach to dealing with potentially dangerous sets. "If you treat your TV set as you would be treated," Dr. Pewdic advises, "you'll probably never have any trouble with it - and even if it does snap at you from time to time a soothing word is usually all that is needed to keep the situation under control. Or you may wish to do what I do, which is to leave a little snack or a glass of warm milk by the set at night so that its appetite is satisfied and its ego reassured. A little understanding will work wonders."
Enigman, however, is reported to be considering-having "Spike" put to sleep.
Neal Wilgus was born in Jerome, Arizona. He has a degree in English from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, and moved to New Mexico while working for the US Forest Service in the early 60s. He is a prolific writer of poetry, science fiction, and satirical humor. His latest chapbooks are The Leakoids: Newsalizing the Nation, and Rhymed and Dangerous, a book of poems. Neal currently resides in Corrales, New Mexico, and works the night shift with his illustrator, Filo Martinez, who provided the sketch of Neal at right.