It would appear that many people don't quite realize the commitment level they're making to their new big screen, flat panel LCD or plasma TVs. We've mentioned in the past how these TVs may jack up your electricity bill, but there's another secondary effect that many people are discovering. The new, modern TVs look out of place with their old furniture -- creating an entire new market for big screen TV friendly furniture. At least, that's what this Reuters article would have you believe. Reading between the lines, however, this story sounds very much like it was planted by PR people for Ethan Allen who (oh, look at that!) just happen to have a new line of furniture coming out specifically designed to work with big screen flat panel TVs. So, are people really changing their furniture, or does Ethan Allen just want you think they are so you feel left behind? Update: The PR people must be putting something in reporters' coffee. Also, today, the Wall Street Journal is running a piece about how the bathroom is the new office, and people are even getting special upgrades to their bathroom (answer the speaker phone from the shower, and have the water automatically turn off) to make it easier to work. Maybe Microsoft was onto something with their iLoo idea, which Microsoft kept changing its mind concerning whether or not it was a joke or real.
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