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Technological monsters are born.

Posted on: March 28, 2008 12:33 pm
Edited on: March 28, 2008 6:57 pm
So I am sitting here pondering just what would be a good first entry in this, my very first blog. What I should be doing is coming up with a hypothesis for the effect of a forest fire on snow pack, but this just seems so much more inviting, and less troublesome. Besides, blogging is probably one of the best examples of free-form, stream-of-conscious writing, and really doesn't take that much brain power, does it?

My conjecture is that as more and more of our lives are consumed and intertwined with technology, (i.e. cell phones, e-mail, text messages, chat, etc.), less time is left in our day to actually have face to face interactions, and to some degree, friendships. Walk around a college campus sometime, like for instance, the University of Arizona. You will be astounded to see that people just don't make eye contact, are oblivious to their surroundings because they are ALWAYS on their cell phones, and avoid any type of interaction with people, unless they already know them. I remember vividly seeing a cute girl on a bicycle, riding one handed while trying to text someone on her phone, and crashing into a group of students that were walking to class. I had to wonder what text was made that was so damn important, that she just could not wait until, a- she stopped her bicycle, or b- she reached her destination. That is just one example, but I literally have hundreds more. My point is that these students have their friends that they are comfortable with, and therefore they don't need to interact with the rest of the world, unless they want something; even then, the probability of them suspending their conversations long enough to appear polite is nearly non-existent. I'm sure most of you have different ideas on when we should or should not be on our cell phones, but I'm guessing that we would mostly agree that a meeting with the dean is more important than sorority gossip. This isn't always the case, and I have witnessed it first hand.

So how do you handle rude people that are on their cellphones all of the time? If I take time out of my day to go to lunch with someone, face to face, not these web lunches I hear about, unless it is an emergency, they better not waste a minute of my time texting someone else, or taking another conversation. It is like 'call waiting', but on a more personal level. That text message is nowhere near as important as face-to-face contact with another human being. How about when 'dad' takes his kid to lunch, and is on the phone for 20 minutes sorting out some work problem. What kind of message is he sending his son? That infuriates me more than these other idiots, combined.

Where and when does technology fit into a civil society?
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Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2008 12:01 pm

Technological monsters are born.

Rule, I was ready to give up my cell phone all together,and just get a prepaid phone for emergency purposes. I hate being on a leash. You women keep it really short. But then, to my chagrin and joy, the iPhone came out. Now it as essential to me as underwear.

Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2008 9:19 pm

Technological monsters are born.

Where and when does technology fit into a civil society?

Civil society>?  Whenever & Wherever it wants too!

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2008 8:50 pm
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Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2008 6:48 pm
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Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2008 12:09 pm

Technological monsters are born.

Lute, I unfortunately contribute to the cell phone world. But I have to say, I have manners. Some of the extremes I see are when people actually talk on their cell phone while at a movie at the movie theatre. It's bad enough when you leave the theatre to take the call (that you shouldn't have known you got because the phone should be off...but we won't go there) but to take the call IN the theatre? That's lame. I also see people texting people while in class. That's also lame. Granted, there are some classes that are boring BEYOND boring, but you paid for the class, you may as well get your money's worth right? Think about it, if someone asks for your address what do you give them: your street address or your email address? Technology has made our lives easier and people are easier to contact faster, but I agree that there is a point where it becomes too much. There's no way to change this, we just have to deal with this as it comes.

In theory it could be that there are a few people ruining the image of society for everyone, but the people that are doing what is right are being overshadowed by the people that are rude. It's hard to get noticed for doing the right thing.......

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2008 4:29 am

Technological monsters are born.

I got out of class about three weeks ago around noon and was walking through a busy crowd by Old Main when I glanced over and saw some girl on a bicycle run head-on into a guy on another bike. He flew right off and just sat there for a moment. I felt terrible for both of them. Hundreds of people were walking by. Some laughing, some trying not to make a fuss about it, and, I'm sure, a few pulling out their cell phones to snap a picture.

Cell phones are annoying, but it's too late now. There's no turning back the clock now, Snake.

How about a dad during a lunch meeting with a client taking his kid's call?

Since: Jul 11, 2007
Posted on: March 28, 2008 9:03 pm

Technological monsters are born.

I completely agree that it is getting out of hand.  I just graduated from a big school (WVU 30,000 enrolled) and I found it astonishing that over half the students were on their phone walking to class, as soon as class was over, and even texting during class.  Maybe it's fashionable but it's not "cool" to me.  It is crazy that people will be short or ignorant towards you because they have to tell their friend about what they did last night.

Sure I text and use my cell phone, but it doesn't mean I lose awareness of what is real in front of me. The whole face-to-face interaction and meaningful conversation is losing the battle to a technological deviant when it comes to social society, especially among our youth.

I think this is a good topic and blog Lute.  There is a line where technology interferes.

Since: Jul 31, 2007
Posted on: March 28, 2008 6:18 pm

Technological monsters are born.

Way to go with 1st blog.  Very insightful and rings true (or was that my cell phone ringing?)

Unfortunately technology keeps moving even if we do not want it to, and will get left behind.  Recall your parents and the blinkin 12:00 because they could not figure out how to set the clock.  That's why you need to have kids, so they can figure all of these new fangled things out.

You are correct that "common courtesy" with cell phones, texting, etc no longer seems to apply, but IMO this may not bother the ones who continually text and phone while they are with other people.  It may be a generational thing.  Just some thoughts and keeps up the insightful blogging.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2008 4:22 pm

Technological monsters are born.

Funny  ..but I am probably one of the few who dont really have a cell phone.. I have a preload..that is just for emergencies for me( stranded or for the likes of that) ..only a few even have that number..

Its bad enough that my home phone rings constantly..My phone at work rings just as much...

The phone company always bothers me wanting me to sign up and get one..and I will tell you what I tell them..

the most peace and quiet I get is in my car..Now why would I want to lose that ...

If you really need to get a hold  of do it the old fashion way...come over..the door is always open.. (well not literally lol )

But... I really do like this ipod my brother finally gave in and gave me...


Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2008 3:48 pm
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