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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?
Category: General

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2009 10:39 am

Technological monsters are born.

i can relate to the serenity of peace and quiet, for i have 3 kids and i run to the car. im not much into gadgets (i DO have a cell phone with more roll over minutes than i can use in my life time,i think i can will them down.have to look into that one. But i did find a silly gadget i now enjoy for 129.00 i now have fun with my tomtom.its awesome. im getting away from the kids and driveing to places i dont want to be,just to see if the tomtom could get itself lost.I NEED A LIFE

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: May 24, 2008 1:36 pm

Technological monsters are born.

So right you are, I`m a high school student so this is possibly a slightly different take on this thing.

I live in a small town I`m not born here and If I had my choice I`d go back where I came from (Indianapolis) but anyway the point is this place is cliquish just like what your talking about in your blog.

One time Some older friends of mine took myself my brother and a few other kids bowling, well this one girl I sorta know is there too she`s not bad looking fairly athletic (But in this little backwater town she thinks she`s Shirapova) sits down texts on her cell phone the whole time we are there never talking to anyone.

Well I find that rude.    Since you obviously don`t want to be here why don`t you go wherever it is you wish you were I thought to myself.

There are other not so bad as that but that I only hear from when they want something.

I`m hoping that perhaps I can get out of here and find some people on the next level not so this way.

Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2008 5:05 pm

Technological monsters are born.

So I am a bit late on this, I know.  First of all, nice job on this.  Well put together.

It's funny you should mention this topic (or that I should read it today).  I was having lunch with a couple of friends in a restaurant a few hours ago.  So at the table behind us, a cell phone starts ringing.  Well whoever it belongs to decided not to pick it up.  But they just let it ring.  And that thing was loud.  So my buddy sitting next to me shakes his head and says loudly, "Someone wanna get that?!"  It was then that it hit me.  I'm not sure who's more annoying, the guy who talks on his cell phone in a restaurant, or the guy who gets visibly and verbally upset at the fact that someone else is talking on their cell phone in a restaurant. 

Not saying that's you here, Lute.  I'm just saying that I tend to fall somewhere in the middle.  As long as the basic rules of human decency and common courtesy are applied to your cell phone use, I have no problem with you using it in public.  Like you said, don't interrupt a face to face conversation to pick up a call or answer a text.  And any dad that spends his father/son lunch on his celly is just a complete douche.

Again, well done.  Keep it coming.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 2, 2008 8:40 pm

Technological monsters are born.

Nice first post on a relevant topic.

Is it possible to have a civil society without technology?  It may be possible for a very civil society to exsist completely without technology I suppose, but I wouldn't want to live there.  Technology is the glue that binds our civilization. From the time that the Romans built the first network of roads all the way up to instant messaging, technology has brought society closer together and has made the world smaller. That's a long process, and a good thing, in my opinion. Not that there aren't negative side effects, such as you described in your post. I think that as this technology becomes ingrained in our culture a whole new set of rules and etequette are going to evolve to more effectively define it's place in our lives. Back in the fities, mothers' didn't think twice about letting their kids run around with plastic bags on their heads. It may be that it takes us humans a while to figure out how to best fit new technology into our everyday lives and maybe we're seeing that now with mobile communications.  On the other hand, many technological advances, while providing us with richer access to the world, have caused us to withdraw from personal interactions. The television, for one exapmle, and that's not necessarily a good thing. So is instant messaging plastic trash bags or TV? I sure don't know, but we're going to find out. My guess is it will fall somewhere in between.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2008 3:59 pm

Technological monsters are born.

I know the spot you speak of really well. I do some latenight reading at those tables sometimes. One of the few outdoor spots there that's lit during the night. Plus, the path from the rec center leads right through it. You were enjoying the overhead view, I see. Maybe I need to take my studies inside and upstairs.

Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2008 1:09 pm

Technological monsters are born.

Okay badger, your comment was better than my blog. We will have none of that!!!

I agree with you, especially about endangering others because of your actions. I wish they could do measurable research of the cause of most of these accidents; I think driver distraction would account for maybe 80%, and at  least 75% of this subset is cell-phone related. Get in a heated conversation with your spouse and see what I mean. You literally lose focus, and everything becomes mechanical. Sometimes this leads to disaster. It is getting worse. I live in the DC metro area, and even though the posted speed limit is 55 mph, people routinely go 30 mph, over this speed. Cops won't even pull you over unless you are driving aggressively or going 75 or faster. When did that happen? So you have these idiots, going 85 mph, weaving in and out of traffic, while sending an email on their Blackberry. Is it any wonder why we have some of the worst traffic in the country? But it gets worse. Now we have people with DVD players on their dashboards, watching a movie while they are driving. Could there possibly be anything more distracting than watching a movie?

Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2008 12:33 pm

Technological monsters are born.

digg, I also contribute to the cell phone world, but i try to curb my obnoxiousness. That is a good point about exchanging addresses, as well. i can't recall the last time I wrote an actual hand-written letter. Even if I did, I'm sure I would scan it in and email it.

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.......

This is very profound, digg. I am impressed by your insight.

Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2008 12:29 pm

Technological monsters are born.

AZCATS, I always thought Old Main was one of those choke points that surrounded the UA mall. Another one, where I witnessed the wreck, was that convergence zone between the Science library and Koeffler (?). Here you have people and machine colliding on a regular basis, as some of them have to see if they can approach Mach speed on a bicycle. I probably saw an ambulance there two or three times, when I was studying upstairs in the geek library. Another classic is watching what happens when we would get just a little bit of a rainshower, enough to wetten the red bricks, and see those guys go down while leaning into a 90-degree turn like they are Lance Armstrong descending the Alps. I never pointed and laughed, but I had a nice internal chuckle.

You see, I think it is better to have a dad talk to his kid, the the other way around. If your client is a woman, you will score major points for showing your soft side, and a guy will understand as well, I think. Perhaps they shouldn't answer a call during a presentation, though.

And you are absolutely right. We have to reset our point of reference, because there is no going back.

Whoo is this Snake? Plissen?

Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2008 12:15 pm

Technological monsters are born.

dirtysheets, sorry about the Mountaineers. I didn't even get into the texting in class thing. I was taking a few gen-ed electives as an upper classman, and one of them had maybe 75 people in the class. The tenured professor would be lecturing, and there were these people (girls, mainly), talking on the phone, texting to each other across the room, giggling, and generally being a nuisance. I asked the professor about this, and he was at a loss as to what to do. Thats funny, I thought he had the ultimate authority in the classroom. Since I was a military guy, I have different solution: "Get out of my classroom". Then take attendance at the end of class and mark them absent. If we implicitly allow this behavior, the bar will continue to get lower, to the point where you won't be able to hear the instructor over the din of people on their cellphones, having 60 different conversations.

Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2008 12:07 pm

Technological monsters are born.

vwcats, thank for the compliment. Being a tech guy--a gadget freak, if you will--I have no problem with all the cool new toys that come out. I bought a Trimble hand-held GPS in 1996, just to have one, for nearly $1000. I have an issue with that acceptable bar for manners being lowered to the point where we generally disrespect the people we are around. Since when did it become okay to have a conversation on a telephone in a movie theater?

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