March 12th, 2008

Tech Addiction

Check out the hilarious article in The New Yorker this week about technology and the absurdity of it.  I think my favorite part was the first paragraph:

“Shortly before Valentine’s Day, a study was released claiming that forty-seven per cent of men in Britain would give up sex in return for a big-screen plasma television…As with all matters relating to technology, numbers are key: precisely how long were those men prepared to go without sex?  And how large a screen?  (Answers: six months; fifty inches.)”

Other highlights:

“When teen-age girls window-shop these days, they don’t linger longingly outside show boutiques or record stores.  They cluster, sighing, noses pressed against the glass, in front of cell-phone stores.  But few of these devices will ever be used for talking.  The real purpose of a phone, as everyone knows, is texting.  Only techno-tards make actual phone calls…”

“Congratulations.  You, but especially I, now require the kindness of an eight-year-old…to turn on the television, let alone the living-room lights.  This may be the first generation of children who are better qualified to survive in the world than their parents, especially if survival depends on maneuvering loyal droids to fire ranged weapons using a nunchuck.”

Great read.  Enjoy.

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