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No, We Shall Not Play a Game

March 25, 2011

I take a somewhat different view of technology than my good friend with the weight problem. I’ve always been a bit of luddite, but I will freely acknowledge that all this newfangled gadgetry has provided us all with some nice benefits–now I don’t have to venture out to buy porn, and flat screen tvs are pretty cool. But I’ve kind of decided to plant my flag where I am and check out of the technology arms race.

I’ve got a cell phone, I have an overlarge tv, I’ve also got email, the internet, and even an Ipod, it was a lovely gift from some good friends, and I think that’s enough. I already think I’m a little too checked out when wandering around town with my headphones plucked in, also the tinnitus is getting bad. Texting, the same thing.

Other than simple coolness, I don’t how else my life will get better with more gadgets, and I’m not talking about whatever breakthroughs are being made in iron lung technology, I’m just talking day to day. I like not being able to do some things: watching a ballgame in the park on my Ipad, no thanks, emailing folks from the middle of a bike ride or from the beach. I think it’s better not to be so connected. Just don’t do it, you might say, a valid point, but it’s hard not use something if you have it and I’m nothing if not weak.

I don’t condemn or particularly care what Al does or, because I know he’s not completely lost in a world of interconnectedness; ok, he mostly is but I know him and we’re even friends. Most of the rest of you I don’t know from Adam, and it’s probably a pretty safe assumption that a good percentage of you are douche bags with your faces staring down at your phone as you twitter away, no offense.

Oops, boss staring at me, time to do some work.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 25, 2011 4:51 pm

    I don’t think it’s ever safe to make an assumption about people you don’t know from Adam. I’ve referred plenty of people I know and friends of mine to this blog and I can assure you none of them are “douche bags.” Personally, I don’t even have an iPod and I buy my blackberries at the market. I kind of stopped at the internet and an ancient cell phone.

    • March 25, 2011 5:04 pm

      I don’t really think they’re douche bags, just expressing my normal suspicion of people I don’t know. Until I meet people I’m generally convinced, I’m smarter, funnier, better read, more informed, kinder, etc. Then I meet them and it all falls to shit, I realize that I am actually stupider, duller, more ignorant and meaner.

      Slandering people I’ve never met is the only thing that keeps me going.

      • March 25, 2011 6:23 pm

        It’s a sore spot for me, because after I was lucky enough to get press for my last blog it led to being written up on a lot of blogs big and small and I was routinely called a douche bag among other insulting words by people who had never met me and from a lot of their comments hadn’t even looked at my blog. I’m pretty thick-skinned, I don’t care if someone says they don’t like what I’m producing, fine. But to get anonymously attacked by people on the internet by people who had no clue as to what I was really like really pissed me off. I remember one comment was something like: “If this dipshit douche bag shows up at my bar the Ear Inn, I’ll personally toss him and his Budweiser out into the street.” I went there that night, but if this internet “tough guy” was there, I guess he had a change of heart. This is a subject that really gets under my skin, so sorry for going off.

        • March 25, 2011 10:10 pm

          Not at all. It seems a silly thing for me to say after my post, but I didn’t mean to offend. I don’t really think most people are douche bags, though I can be a little full of myself and judgmental until I actually meet someone.

          I do not have the highest opinion of people when they get together in groups, but do tend to have fair bit of faith in individuals. It’s what enables me to declare wide swaths of people I’ve never met assholes, but not identify an individual asshole by name. And I would NEVER call our precious readers douche bags, I don’t know why they’re here but I love all of them.

  2. Fat Al permalink*
    March 26, 2011 12:27 am

    See? This is why I try to stick to insulting people I know.

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