Max Brill is an idiot and a coward. Communications technology allow him to see and hear across the oceans. He is lucky enough to be born into a nation full of the riches of human endeavor and all he can see are the horrors of the modern age. Privileged geographically and historically he does nothing but attempt to capture his version of the world 25 times per second. He knows he should give up such a useless pastime and try to do something practical to ensure his children are born into a better world. But he doesn’t. He doesn’t because Max Brill is an idiot and a coward.