The child seems to have fallen into a stupor, a strangely absent state of lethargy. His expression is void of emotion: he sits at the center of the picture, motionless, with drooping shoulders and an equally blank look. He appears almost doll–like with his frozen, seemingly painted–on expression. The object on which he is focused absorbs all his attention. He remains static, observing something that is unfolding before his eyes but appears not to involve him directly. But what situation is this child in that is being presented to us here? What has transfixed his attention, causing him to stare so fixedly at a single point yet remain so detached? We as observers are left out in the cold, kept at a distance. The child does not acknowledge our presence; he remains passive towards us, denying us the chance to establish direct contact with him. It is the television that casts such an intense and magical spell over the children.