“Us and Them” by David Sedaris is a very powerful and thoughtful piece that brings humor as well as something to think about. It causes the reader to not only analyze the narrative, but also analyze themselves. David Sedaris highlights the importance of family life and how technology disrupts that. Sedaris describes Mr. Tomkey as a neighbor who “did not believe in television” (802), which seemed very bizarre. Even though David’s parents agreed with that concept, they were still consumed by what was on the news. Sedaris even spied on the Tomkeys during their dinner as if they were a unique TV show. The main point of the narrative comes when Sedaris realizes how foolish he looks being selfish, not because he wanted the candy, but because he just did not want the Tomkeys to have it. His mother’s quote in the narrative, “You should look at yourself. I mean really look at yourself” (807) not only instructs her son to analyze his actions, but also the readers to analyze their lives. Also, the narrative was a great way to compare and contrast the quality of life between the Sedaris and Tomkey family. The Sedaris’ seem to be current with the news and various shows, but they rarely seemed to spend time together. The Tomkeys, however, do not watch TV but went on vacation together and came after Halloween in costumes that looked home-made. At first, it would seem that the Tomkeys were weird for not owning a television, but the narrative takes a turn to show how foolish David looks when he is consumed with his television.