The Jumbotron at the Texas Stadium is a very literal symbol of the Fantasy Industrial Complex. It deftly controls how people at the football game view and engage with the game, while also pummeling them with advertisements at every given opportunity. Because of this, the Jumbotron distorts reality and offers up an easier-to-digest and more interesting version of the game. Billy realizes this when he decides that the time between plays feels like sitting in church—during those times, the Jumbotron shows replays from the game, advertisements, and shots of the crowd, distracting the audience from how dull and miserable the game truly is.
The timeline below shows where the symbol The Jumbotron appears in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
3. It is Mostly in Your Head But We Have Cures for That
4. The Human Response
Billy's reverie is interrupted by the fans around him, suddenly drawing his attention to the Jumbotron, which is fixed on the Bravos. Sykes starts flashing gang signs as the video cuts... (full context)
11. This Is Everything There Is
12. Billy and Mango Are Out For a Walk
...notices them and screams. Billy introduces Mango and tells Faison they saw her on the Jumbotron. Faison is thrilled, which pains Billy, as he understands she desperately wants to be famous.... (full context)
16. Will Slay Vampires For Food
...it's awful that Billy falls in love right before they leave. Billy moans as the Jumbotron plays car ads, and strangely, Sykes starts singing. Apparently, Dime gave Sykes Valium, and now... (full context)
18. The Proud Good-Bye