2 definitions by Oracle Arion

The tendency to be mesmerized by television. Trance like state brought on by televised commercial advertisements interspersed with fragments of dramatic teleplays. Also, as a component of post-industrial consciousness. e.g. "Television rules the nation."

The term references the advent of drama created to sell soap, soap operas. Broadcast on radio with soap manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, and Lever Brothers as sponsors and producers.
Alice: Everyone says I probably have Attention Deficit Disorder. It's possible considering I am easily distracted. Theres got to be some excuse. What do you think? Bob?

Bob: Huh? Sorry Alice I was zoned on this laundry detergent advert. Tide really does get my whites whiter and only 'mildly' pollutes our drinking water.

Alice: I'm thirsty.

Alien: Soap Opera Syndrome

Advertisements take airtime away from programs. In the 1960s a typical hour-long American show would run for 51 minutes excluding advertisements. Today, a similar program would only be 42 minutes long; a typical 30-minute block of time now includes 22 minutes of programming with 6 minutes of national advertising and 2 minutes of local.
Oracle Arion가 작성 2009년 10월 02일 (금)
Non-fatal drug overdose. Burned out.
"Can't make the queer club tonight Casanova, came off this weekend's rave with wicked manaburn."

Popular usage probably from "Magic: The Gathering" card game rules. "Mana" Originally a tribal shaman's term for magical essence.
Oracle Arion가 작성 2008년 12월 25일 (목)

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