The Television audience watches the off-screen object in an exacting and loyal fashion. Notice despite their exhaustion or boredom their attention is fixed. The object is revealed, and we can't believe that it was just a ball the entire time.
The commercial break appears, and we see a jolly man holding a dog. "You trust me because the dog trusts me."
Finally, a new object is visible. At first we say "awwwww" then, "hey, that's enough, give it to him!" We finish off with the horror of the possibility of canine injury. We remain just as attentive as the two dogs in the beginning, despite our concerns.
Even if the dog had been injured, what can we do now to prevent that? Our relationship to this video is altered by the 40 years that have happened since it was recorded.
Television entrances us in suspense by showing us a lived in world that we have restricted passes to. We try to catch glimpses, but fail to will the camera further than it has already gone. We trust the camera because we have no reason not to, but also because the on-screen performer, those we are sharing it with, and the dog in our lap trusts the camera and where it's going. It ends up like a game show, watching the struggle. The object is obvious and visible. We begin with joy until the contestant breaks the fourth wall with exhaustion and frustration in their eyes. We demand their victory until we realize how they are going to attain it. We aren't sure who to blame for their violent climax. Could it be true that it is our fault?
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