Like most people, I’m seriously disappointed in the lack of hovercraft technology in the 21st century. This new world we’re living in seems to be an amalgam of sci-fi, dystopia and The Jetsons. Some of it beneficial; some of it not-so-much; but really, technology is neither good nor bad, it just is…it is how we use it that ultimately provides us with a judgment of its status.
Flying cars seemed to be the one thing that almost every futuristic book/movie/TV show promised. We got the shaft on that one. Instead we got TV. All the time. Everywhere. Any place where people have to stand in line, wait in chairs, be in a moving vehicle, or exercise in a containment area, it seems there has to be a TV. I feel like I’m stuck in an Orwellian nightmare. It drives me batty. And now on phones and watches – TV. I used to really enjoy a day off of work for jury duty and didn’t mind a long wait at the DMV – it gave me a perfect excuse for reading uninterrupted for long periods of time or just sitting and people watching. But now, I have to find a quiet space that is not dominated by a gigantic TV set (don’t even get me started with what’s actually on the TV) or populated with people talking LOUDLY into cellphones or a Bluetooth or watching something on their phones with a loud volume. Why must we be entertained with TV ALL THE TIME? Why can we not just simply sit and think? I know reading is also entertainment – but it’s self-contained. I’m not reading aloud to everyone else and forcing them to be exposed to what I am interested in…so why should I have to be forced to watch Fox News, CNN or whatever other crap is out there? WHY?????
I haven’t been inside a gym in years – recently at a hotel, I decided to use their gym facility instead of taking a gander outside because it was so early and NOW not only do they have the general TVs up on the walls but the equipment itself ALSO sports a TV. Everywhere I turn – a f*cking TV. What is the point of having a TV everywhere? Are we fearful of being within our own minds? Are we afraid of what might happen if we are not constantly stimulated with visual input? I’m not saying TV doesn’t have its place in our culture – what I’m saying is why does it have to be so invasive in my life OUTSIDE OF MY HOME? That is my objection. I cannot get away from it. I think of it as second-hand Television. It’s probably just as dangerous as second-hand smoke it just manifests its damage in a different part of my being.
I will fully admit I feel pretty much the same way about cell phones as I do about TV. I could rant for hours about them – but I won’t because most everything has been said. And people still are glued to their phones all the time. My only wish is that they didn’t work in cars – they are deadly accidents waiting to happen. I have lived for this long without needing a phone constantly by my side; I hope I can continue to survive (or have I now jinxed myself?). I do like them for emergency situations – that I won’t deny. But I don’t need to have TV, email and/or Facebook access when I’m driving a car. Ever.
Of course there’s a Bowie song for my rant…