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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Date: March 5, 2012
Byline: Michael Leff, Cheltenham

Letter: Where's the quiet contemplation?

I eagerly went out of my way to visit the President's House on the first day it opened last year ("President's House repairs are met with skepticism," Wednesday). All the video screens were fully functional then, yet I was greatly disappointed by the whole experience. These days, when video chatter increasingly intrudes into every corner of our lives (in restaurants, at the gas pump, on the train, at the checkout, even in elevators), it was extremely disconcerting to step back in time while still being surrounded by a cacophony of fairly lame video reenactors. Whatever happened to quiet contemplation?


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