Seth Godin, who I get a lot of creative inspiration from, posted this today. I think it is an interesting examination of utility received from media. What do you think?
A graduate seminar is going on, with a dozen students paying a fortune to fill seats that are in high demand. Some of the students are using cell phones to update Facebook or tweet--and they are sitting right next to students listening intently and not merely taking notes.
This juxtaposition puts a very sharp point on an overlooked distinction: some forms of media we engage with because there's a significant utlity, and sometimes, we're merely entertaining ourselves.