Honestly, I'm not sure it's wrong. How often is your terminal window actually full of meaningful character data that you're trying to pay attention to?
Editing a page of text is one thing, but something like htop can be quite bewildering.
@publius I don't think I agree that that's a property of the display having the facility to display that many characters, though. Small displays (think CoCo or PET!) can be extremely confusing, as well, and sometimes BECAUSE they're (too) small!
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko