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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Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Tue 1st Sep 2009 04:00 UTC
kaiwai
Member since:
2005-07-06

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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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by siride on Tue 1st Sep 2009 04:06 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
siride Member since:
2006-01-02

Have we ever really done differently? Most people just fill up their lives with whatever mundane, nearly meaningless tasks they can, be it work or for play. If we didn't have TV or Internet, we'd just sit around at general stores, talking about the weather or what Farmer Joe did last week.

We aren't really designed to be working at maximum mental capacity for long periods of time. If you choose to spend a lot of time working hard, good for you. That's not a natural condition, though.

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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Tue 1st Sep 2009 04:18 in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Have we ever really done differently? Most people just fill up their lives with whatever mundane, nearly meaningless tasks they can, be it work or for play. If we didn't have TV or Internet, we'd just sit around at general stores, talking about the weather or what Farmer Joe did last week.

We aren't really designed to be working at maximum mental capacity for long periods of time. If you choose to spend a lot of time working hard, good for you. That's not a natural condition, though.


Everything is linked to everything else - the society, the politics, the economy - everything is linked to that brain killing attitude to life; avoid work, thinking, introspection, self analysis and original thought at all cost. Be a good little consumer sheep, keep running on the treadmill of earning money, purchasing crap that advertisers claim will 'change your life' then at the ripe old age or 80, you can look around at your house filled to the rafters with crap and have a smile on your face knowing you bought everything you 'had to buy'.

I don't know about you but when I'm on my death bed, I want to be able to look back on my life and see that I've developed as a person from position of ignorance into person who never lost a love for learning and developing and had an impact on family and friend.

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by sbergman27 on Tue 1st Sep 2009 04:14 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

"Must we really always be watching the television?"

What is this "television" you speak of? ;-)

Seriously, I gave up television 15 years ago or more. I watch, perhaps, 3-4 hrs per year.

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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Tue 1st Sep 2009 04:22 in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

What is this "television" you speak of? ;-)

Seriously, I gave up television 15 years ago or more. I watch, perhaps, 3-4 hrs per year.


The only reason I watch television is for the re-runs of MASH and maybe the occasional Brit Comedy. Most television these days are geared to the lowest common denominator - one would have to kill several million brain cells on a regular basis just to find what they broadcast during prime time as being entertaining.

Edited 2009-09-01 04:23 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by Chicken Blood on Tue 1st Sep 2009 16:39 in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
Chicken Blood Member since:
2005-12-21

""Must we really always be watching the television?"

What is this "television" you speak of? ;-)

Seriously, I gave up television 15 years ago or more. I watch, perhaps, 3-4 hrs per year.
"

http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/2008/01/26/28-not-having-a-tv/

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by Soulbender on Tue 1st Sep 2009 11:28 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

that they're going to die one day and all of the superficial crap they're indulging in doesn't mean a thing.


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