Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Tue 1st Sep 2009 01:11 UTC
Internet & Networking While browsing the ever-wider world web today, I came across a story about IBM's patent of a sort of "Facebook Remote Control." It was appalling. Do we seriously need more single-purpose devices that will enable us to sit around more wasting more time than we already do? Does anyone really need to seclude themselves from the world even more to publish their lives on yet another teen-infested network? Must we really always be connected to the net? Read on for my ramble concerning a dark side of technology.
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by kaiwai on Tue 1st Sep 2009 04:00 UTC
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Must we really always be connected to the net?


I could rephrase that and say:

"Must we really always be watching the television?"

"Must we really always be talking about television show characters if they were real people?"

I've got a few more choice words that I'd love to insert into that phrase about contemporary society. The amount of television I might watch in a week is around 3-4 hours, most of my time spent reading books, updating my blog or twitter or going for a walk to get some fresh air. For me, using the internet is something I do in lieu of watching television, just as I choose to read in lieu of watching television.

If you want to know what is pathetic, those who have designated time of being 'on the net' as if it were some sort of triumphant achievement that needs to be demarcated on the weekly schedule. Imagine if you replaced 'on the net' with 'on the telephone' - talk about individuals elevating the internet to something of a religious pilgrimage that they take each week.

Do we seriously need more single-purpose devices that will enable us to sit around more wasting more time than we already do?


Its amazing how you insert "single-purpose" when if you just removed that to result in the following phrase:

Do we seriously need more devices that will enable us to sit around more wasting more time than we already do?


Maybe that is the question to ask; when I hear stories of people texting 12,000 times per month, I really have to ask myself whether people are just whimsically floating through life, filling up some gap with child like amusements till the grim reaper arrives at the door. Filling their heads, keeping their mind occupied from having to face the inevitable - that they're going to die one day and all of the superficial crap they're indulging in doesn't mean a thing.

Edited 2009-09-01 04:04 UTC

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