Monitor Lizards were generally regarded with fear and awe by the geek and hacking communities until the mid-nineties when it became fashionable to sport a 'monitor print' by deliberately exploding a monitor on a person's head.
After the loss of its influence as a status symbol, the Monitor Lizard gradually faded from the annals of history and time past.
(*Information accurate as of June 1990. Although some dismiss the Monitor Lizard phenomenon as an urban legend, 72% of all seven year olds surveyed attested to the story's validity.)
"Fo shizzle mah nizzle. That was a gangsta monitor lizard fo' real."
For those that prefer to not disconnect from one channel to surf to the next on a single screen, but "parallel process" all of it by flitting attention back and forth between a dozen screens, information overload to the point of total saturation.
Especially popular with media/news reporting and intelligence/security ppl.
Some do it for a career, some do it for entertainment, some need to be completely distracted from reality.