Warning: Personal rant in case you missed the title.
I abhor smart phones. The term smart phone is an oxymoron - just look at the people using them. I see them every day in my coffeehouse - dozens of people at any given time staring into a phone, tablet or laptop, totally oblivious to everything around them and to anything important, such as Fukushima, the Louisiana sinkhole, the ongoing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, impending economic collapse, the global police state, and the impending US-led attack (at the behest of Israel) against Syria and Iran (simultaneously). Sometimes I blame it on fluoride and anti-depressants, but at this moment in time that has me wanting to throw my cellphone into the garbage (not before taking my machete to it), I blame it on Facebook and smart phones for stupid people.
I don’t care what you ate for dinner or how many beers you consumed the night before or how you got ripped off by your coke dealer at the ATM at 2 o’clock in the morning. I don’t want to hear the details about the cute bartender (with herpes, stupid girl) that you shagged the night before or that your hot, underaged Nicaraguan girlfriend stole your wallet. I don’t care if your mom’s neighbor’s dog had puppies. I don’t want to hear the specifics of your airline reservations or your problems replacing your stolen ATM card, nor am I interested in the details of your vacation or your real estate project. Save your conversations for a more appropriate time and place, which is any place out of my sight and earshot. You just spent a thousand dollars getting here, so why are you spending 80 percent of your vacation time on Facebook?
Why are you spending three hours a day at my shop instead of going to the beach? Why do you think it is appropriate to go to a restaurant and spend your whole time texting and complaining about my private wifi speed?
I get perverse pleasure in unplugging the internet on the zombies. When people take up too much table space and have spent too much time nursing free refills on coffee, I unplug the internet and after five desperate minutes when they finally figure out that there is no internet connection, they get up and leave. I really dislike people who are too cheap to go to an internet cafe or a call center. I am judgmental, I admit it. I see a direct correlation between stunted intelligence and cell phone activity.
These people think they're hip and cool, but they are just a pretentious cliche.
I have nothing in common with the people in these photos save for our classification as homo sapiens. I am not even sure these kids are human given their desire to embrace transhumanism. I feel sorry for them, but then I don't. All this access to information and yet they choose to use cell phones to send naked pictures to each other, in between LOLs and ROTFL and "ur".
I don’t care what you ate for dinner or how many beers you consumed the night before or how you got ripped off by your coke dealer at the ATM at 2 o’clock in the morning. I don’t want to hear the details about the cute bartender (with herpes, stupid girl) that you shagged the night before or that your hot, underaged Nicaraguan girlfriend stole your wallet. I don’t care if your mom’s neighbor’s dog had puppies. I don’t want to hear the specifics of your airline reservations or your problems replacing your stolen ATM card, nor am I interested in the details of your vacation or your real estate project. Save your conversations for a more appropriate time and place, which is any place out of sight and earshot of other people.
Some people think that I am wealth of knowledge about my little town since I am the owner of a popular bookstore/cafe, but the truth is that I have had to learn to tune out conversations. Now I just unplug the internet connection when someone is using Skype and annoying me and my customers who don’t want to hear a third-rate therapist doing a counseling session with her client, which was hard to not hear when she was screaming into her computer to someone 3,000 miles away. Do telecommunications make people ruder, or does it give rude people center stage to showcase their obnoxiousness? I tune it out, missing the juicy details. When I want need information, I go to Kelvin, the editor and publisher of the local bilingual weekly paper, who is a regular customer without a smartphone, believe it or not.
Some days I think Ted Kaczinsky had it right. Not the idea of bombing and killing of innocent people (that is reserved for the US military and the banksters who create the wars), but that technology disconnects us from life and threatens our very existence. (Certainly nuclear power has done that.)
"The industrial revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race. They have greatly increased the life expectancy of those of us who live in "advanced" countries, but they have destabilized society, have made life unfulfilling, have subjected human beings to indignities, have led to widespread psychological suffering (in the Third World to physical suffering as well) and have inflicted severe damage on the natural world. The continued development of technology will worsen the situation. It will certainly subject human beings to greater indignities and inflict greater damage on the natural world, it will probably lead to greater social disruption and psychological suffering, and it may lead to increased physical suffering even in ''advanced'' countries."
No, what worries me is that I might in a sense adapt to this environment and come to be comfortable here and not resent it anymore. And I am afraid that as the years go by that I may forget, I may begin to lose my memories of the mountains and the woods and that's what really worries me, that I might lose those memories, and lose that sense of contact with wild nature in general. But I am not afraid they are going to break my spirit.