Messenger Killed the Messenger!
The Message Killed the Messenger.
Men are from Mars, Kids are from Centauri Alpha lll
Not too long ago people would sit or stand, facing each other, and talk to each other. This, scientists recently discovered, was referred to as "a conversation". If you wanted to know what they looked like, or what they were wearing for that matter, you looked at them. You didn't have to lower your voice, or log into the Internet using an alias with a picture of some gorgeous model as your personal avatar, and tell them that you were wearing a see-through neglige from Cartier. And then you would ask her what she was wearing.
Generation-X had tennis elbow and pot, Generation-Tech has IM Thumb and Vicodin. Are we really that different, or is it just me? If you were to exchange books, fishing rods, tennis racquets and cars with video games, and replaced conversations with smart phones.
Smart phones - what's so smart about a phone that killed conversation?
Okay, yes, many of the Apps that smart phones have are way cool and very helpful in everyday life. Shopping made easier, instant coupons at the check-out, and if you get lost you can get voiced instructions on how to get to wherever you want to go (at North Korea, turn left, more left, more, more).
But, the difference that they make with people may not be worth the advantages that smart phones bring.
What is Polite Conversation, Anyways?
So, what really is polite conversation? Is it when people talk and nobody is offended, or when no swear words are uttered? It sure has little to do with instant messaging and texting (as well as the newest trend, sexting!).
And to think that sex used to involve just two people, where now it takes at least one person and a computer, laptop or smart phone.
Now, polite conversation is what happens when two people face each other and speak words, ask and answer questions, and generally just talk to each other. Maybe one day, possibly after Iran's Bazoomba-bomb is deployed against the great white threat, people will go back to polite conversation. But they sure will be confused - just how do you say "LMFAO"?
Smart Phones Attack Manhattan!
Are There Any Good Uses for Technology?
Technology most definitely has it's place in modern medicine and geothermal mapping, intra-Planetary strip mining (wait for it, it's coming soon to a rich country near you) and even, yes, entertainment. But technology has cost mankind over a million well paying jobs and financial ruin. What is the trade-off?
Okay, I'll admit to believing that it would be a really great idea having my conscious and subconscious transferred into a robot with 500-year lifespan batteries, rechargeable of course, so that I can be around when the Planet blows up real good. Then I guess I would become an inter-stellar traveler, floating through the cosmos, with nobody to talk to. I mean, there can't be good reception in space, right?
Speaking of blowing things up, if all of the governments around the world took the money that they were investing into new ways to kill their enemies and put it into new ways to save people's lives, society just might have a chance to survive. Caves will not be adequate enough when Iran gets their big bazooma-bomb, and living in an underwater submarine could cause your skin to turn yellow (or, was the submarine yellow?), not to mention the lack of good cell phone service.
If It Wasn't for Technology.
Just How Bad is Technology?
Technology could readily and easily be blamed for society's propensity to being obese. People now tend to eat fast food while sitting on the couch, playing video games or writing blog post entries (D'ope!).
There are exercise machines that allow you to walk, jog or run. Hey, you can even spend a thousand dollars on one that imitates the act of climbing stairs, rowing a boat, canoe or kayak, and there's even a boxing simulator to help get you in shape. You can buy game systems, like the X-Box 360, the Wii or the PlayStation 3, and play tennis, soccer, badminton, fishing or even train a puppy. And to imagine not 20 years ago we actually had to walk, fish, train puppies and play sports! The humility of it all!
Just think, if it wasn't for technology we would have to go outside in that fresh air stuff and actually get real exercise, playing with real people, real fishing rods and real racquets. Just imagine how awful that would be!
What has technology done for you?
How Has Technology Changed Your Life?
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