I really don't like the TV's. Or the over-boosted sound systems.
It is really distracting. When the Liturgy is prayed in a church with no sound system, projectors, florescent lights, or pews, it feels like being in heaven. But at some churches, the sound system is so loud it gives you a headache, and makes everything sound unnatural. It makes it like watching an event rather than participating in prayer. There is just a big artificial disconnect there. Then the florescent lights start flickering, contributing to the headache the sound system started even more than their harsh white light. Finally, the giant TV's (or alternately projectors set up with screens covering the icons of Christ, John the Baptist, the Virgin, and a few others) are so bright they burn the retinas even when you're looking at the altar and they're hitting the 10 degree of center part where the eyes are most sensitive to light. Just when you think it can't get worse, pixelated screen captures from Protestant Bible movies start "highlighting" the readings, with different bright coloured backgrounds to demand attention.
Air conditioning takes a way a distraction of discomfort (though there is benefit to having to suffer a little to worship). Electric lights make it possible to have the church brighter, and be able to read books, and light the building quickly. They are again convenient, and not distracting (if they aren't flickering, harsh florescence). The other applications of technology can be much more disruptive, and kill the sense of sacred. I know the Holy Spirit is still there, as is the Body and Blood of Christ, and the preaching of the true Gospel. I know it is just as sacred. But in Orthodoxy we recognize that all the senses are needed to involve man, because man is physical as well as spiritual. We have incense, prostrations, kissing, partaking, singing, etc. Just as the physical can help us to be more aware of the spiritual reality that is Church, these physical distractions can be, and are, a hindrance.
I find it especially puzzling that the Coptic Church feels the need to do this, since they are so adamant about using the vernacular. It is so needless when the projectors show English, and the whole Liturgy is prayed in English! Even if it is an Arabic Liturgy, or even a French Liturgy where I can't pick up odd words like Arabic, I prefer no screen, and to be guided to where we are by the familiar tunes alone. Anything else distracts from prayer. When I sometimes had to lead I would use a book, but as I don't now, I rarely tough a book. It too can be a distraction from prayer and attention.
Orthodoxy for many centuries at least exposed people to the Liturgy by hearing, learning, and participating, without even books, let alone projectors. These Christians struggled, and worked to internalize it, and so it truly became a part of them. Now, it's up there on the projector, so we don't get to know it, with that guide taken away, we're completely lost. It doesn't help us know it better, it is a crutch that hinders us. Just like our sense of direction when driving is diminished after years of relying on a GPS. Just like no one knows the Bible well today because you can just look it up, unlike our fathers who did not have ready access to Bibles, and who had to memorize great parts of Scripture, and so truly internalize it.
Worship without sacrifice and strife is not worship.
Don't even get me started on the live webcast from virtually every Church. So much for dismissing the catechumens after the Gospel, let's broadcast the Mysteries for anyone with a computer to see. Do we want people to stay home and not bother coming? Do we even suspect there might be something sacred here we should respect?
yes, I have been told I'm a fanatic.