Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Oct 2012 22:11 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Rachel Crosby speaks about her BlackBerry phone the way someone might speak of an embarrassing relative. 'I’m ashamed of it,' said Ms. Crosby, a Los Angeles sales representative who said she had stopped pulling out her BlackBerry at cocktail parties and conferences. In meetings, she says she hides her BlackBerry beneath her iPad for fear clients will see it and judge her." Other products many people own but feel ashamed about: sex toys. So essentially, the BlackBerry is now the equivalent of a vibrator. In all seriousness though - why feel ashamed because of a phone? Are people really that shallow? I'm really getting too old for this stuff.
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RE: Seriously?
by Carewolf on Tue 16th Oct 2012 22:31 UTC in reply to "Seriously?"
Carewolf
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2005-09-08

It is getting more common. People used to think being shallow was bad, now they think it is hip, and they line up to all step in line to be 100% rounded hipster squares.

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RE[2]: Seriously?
by Laurence on Tue 16th Oct 2012 22:56 in reply to "RE: Seriously?"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

It is getting more common. People used to think being shallow was bad, now they think it is hip, and they line up to all step in line to be 100% rounded hipster squares.

An Apple fanboy once said to me "You should be proud about your phone".

"Proud" is such an odd choice of word. I was proud of my wife when she got her first job in her new career. I was proud of my younger brother when he got engaged. I was even proud of my best mate when he graduated. And, I wont lie, there's times when I'm vein enough to be proud of my own achievements. But I'm never --and I repeat, NEVER-- proud to own a mass-produced consumer electronic. That's not an achievement. It's not even an interesting topic of conversation down the pub, let alone any kind of footnote in ones life that one should be proud of.


I don't mean to single Apple out like this and I know you get idiots like that outside of the Cupertino's RDF as well. But that was just the most recent example that sprung to mind.

Edited 2012-10-16 22:56 UTC

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RE[3]: Seriously?
by Yehppael on Wed 17th Oct 2012 06:58 in reply to "RE[2]: Seriously?"
Yehppael Member since:
2012-08-01

It's a social and regional thing. Where I live, whenever I go on the subway, I see people using all kinds of phones, from the latest new and shiny to some 10 year relics. Yes, people still use them.

The phone is just a tool, a few levels above a hammer, but still a tool.

I remember when I was a kid and got my first electronic watch, they were a big thing back then, I would sleep with it, on my pillow, keep it where I could look at it, when I see people, adults (not just Apple users, though they make good targets:)), doing the same with their phones ...

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RE[2]: Seriously?
by darknexus on Tue 16th Oct 2012 23:43 in reply to "RE: Seriously?"
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2008-07-15

It is getting more common. People used to think being shallow was bad, now they think it is hip, and they line up to all step in line to be 100% rounded hipster squares.

Well yes but, since it's getting so common, how is it news?

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RE[2]: Seriously?
by Chrispynutt on Wed 17th Oct 2012 15:53 in reply to "RE: Seriously?"
Chrispynutt Member since:
2012-03-14

Yeah it is really sad.

Especially for women, all you get are messages about how your entire self worth should be based on how you look and are seen.

It is one of the worst degradations in society I have seen in the past 30 years.

You can see it even in things like Gundam. First series it was an equal opportunity fest for the oddly shaped and ugly. Now it is just a parade of pretty boys and girls.

Everything is twisting this way. We don't even accept oddly shaped fruit or veg these days. It is so perverse.

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RE[3]: Seriously?
by zima on Tue 23rd Oct 2012 23:01 in reply to "RE[2]: Seriously?"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Yeah it is really sad.
Especially for women, all you get are messages about how your entire self worth should be based on how you look and are seen.
It is one of the worst degradations in society I have seen in the past 30 years.

Don't look at the past through rose-coloured glasses (what do you think, say, folk dresses were? A lot of effort and/or resources wasted on such by our ancestors, instead some loftier pursuits; past people just had less and/or different means towards vanity)

So maybe Gundam changed, but there's plenty more media tackling the "uncomfortable" stuff.
And modern societies do MUCH better WRT treatment of the "imperfect" people...

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