☎️ The Tyranny of Tech 📱 ➖ Open Thread

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Modern technology has, in my opinion, become too much a part of our lives. It has, in far too many instances taken over. No where do I see that more than with the phone. Smart or otherwise.

Remember the good old days when you placed a call and a real live human being answered? Then that human being answered your question or connected you to someone that could?

If you happen to reach a human being when you call these days it is usually only after some robotic voice instructs you how to manage that marvel. Press one for this, press two for that and press the #key if you’ve forgotten the whole damn reason you called.

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The people that “fix” my computer are very nice and very good at what they do. But when you call and are put on hold they  have a short recorded message that lists all the things they do. Then it repeats.  And repeats again. By they time you’ve listened to the loop of their message a dozen times you are ready to throw phone and computer out the window just to make the by now annoying message stop.

I was a secretary/receptionist for over 30 years. Many years of being on a phone for hours everyday resulted in my now having a dislike for talking on the phone. I want to get on, get my business done, and get off. I don’t want to deal with pressing numerous buttons to get to someone who should have answered the damn phone in the first place.

Companies tell us that they use automatic answering for our convenience. Baloney!  It saves them the salary of a person answering the phone. Your convenience doesn’t enter the equation.

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Nearly everyone  who is at the mercy of tech tyranny is a willing victim. We love our gadgets.

Because we don’t trust the media many of us flock to blogs and websites for information. All too often because they support our opinions, not because they provide us with facts. Opinion is not fact but I  often wonder  how many people understand that.Some anti-technology people may argue that social media sites don't provide anything new to the social world, but this article sites many advantages.

Tribal humanity tends to be most content in an echo chamber. Modern tech allows us to isolate ourselves with our tribe. Modern tech allows us to get nasty or mean without having to pay the consequences of such behavior.

We live in a society that is constantly connected. We are informing one another at a rapid rate. The only problem is that it’s not always useful information. In many cases, it isn’t useful at all.

 

I used to work 5 days a week on a typewriter just like the one in the image. At the time it was cutting edge technology.

Would I trade my PC for my old Remington Selectric Typewriter? Not in a million years. I love my PC.

I don’t have a laptop or a tablet because I don’t require them.  I have a phone that does little besides make calls.  I like to read books that are made of paper and that I can hold in my hands.

Don’t you find it ironic that people who spend so much time on “social media”  are appalled at the Twitter President?

 Trump’s Twitter Presidency Is The One We All Deserve

In demonstrating his addiction to social media and cable news, it’s become increasingly clear that Trump is just like us. Yes, we need more from our president—more professionality, decorum, dignity. But do we deserve more? Do we even want more?

The Plank In Our Collective Eye

The funny thing is, Trump’s Twitter activity has always been greeted with a sort of glee on both left and right, from the earliest days of his presidential campaign until now. Yes, there’s also horror, occasionally: from folks who fear his tweets undermine diplomacy or national security, from the White House team whom his candor contradicts.

The article goes on to make a lot of very good points.

People get together and don’t talk to each other but text someone on the other end of their phone.

Forget that its incredibly rude, because it is, but why would you rather text someone elsewhere than talk to someone present?

People go to a concert or sporting event and then watch it on their devises.

Am I the only one that thinks it hilarious that so many Trump haters get on Twitter to complain about his latest tweets. Because he, as POTUS, shouldn’t be tweeting. Does the first Amendment cover tweeting? I believe it does.

Trump seems to believe that unless he Tweets what he has to say his message won’t get out. Which may be true in some cases. It worked well to help get him elected.

 

He doesn’t seem to understand that what worked for Candidate Trump is working against President Trump. A tweet now and then from POTUS would do no harm provided it was rational. Constant silly tweets from POTUS do considerable harm. To all of us.Image result for family tweeting cartoon images

Younger generations may watch less cable, but they’ve replaced it with Hulu, YouTube, and Netflix. They spend more, not less, time online. Our Facebook and Twitter feeds are often prey to the same insular—and vehemently political—habits that Trump’s are. They tend to engage in as much grandstanding, albeit from a different political bias or angle. According to recent studies, our collective attention span is shorter than that of a goldfish—They can focus on something for an average of about eight seconds.   ~

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The cartoon above is funny but people do break up via Twitter or by email. Don’t you  wonder how they got together in the first place?

Will we end like the people in the Isaac Asimov sci-fi book The Naked Sun?

I don’t believe we’ve reached the saturation point yet.  As I write this I know that I would be lost without my computer. Age and poor health are a part of it because I am no longer to be out and about as I once was – but it’s only part of it.

I too listen to the siren song of tech and am enthralled.

Just not as much as most others. Hopeless Smiley animated emoticon Therefore I can lecture. Does not as bad as count as good? I don’t think so. Sigh.

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14 Responses to “☎️ The Tyranny of Tech 📱 ➖ Open Thread”

  1. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    There are definitely some good things abt where we are technologically, no doubt abt it. But our maturity level has not kept march with the rise like it should have. People say things online they would never have said out loud to someone, for instance. And people now seem to prefer communicating only via technology now, and far less face to face. Sigh.

    And you hit on one of my pet peeves – people in prime (all) seats at sporting events being on their damn phones instead of watching the game right in front of their faces. It is irritating, and very irritating when you have the misfortune of sitting by someone blabbing away on their phones or taking selfies constantly. UGH.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I wrote the post sort of tongue-in-cheek since as I admitted, I am addicted to my PC. And my DVR which saves me the boredom and anger caused by watching commercials. (They must think we’re idiots and most commercials insult anyone with a triple digit I.Q.)

      A lot of people need multiple “gadgets” for their work and that’s all fine.

      But to go to a sporting event and ruin it for others because you can’t keep your big fat mouth shut and your ear away from your phone is way past rude.

      I also cannot believe it when I see two or three people sitting to getting in a restaurant all busily texting away and ignoring each other. SMH

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Oh, no doubt – and I love a lot of this technology, too. But people’s manners have not kept up to technology. The sitting and texting will out with actual live human beings at a meal or an event is indicative of how ADDICTED people have become. It is truly disturbing.

        I purposely do not keep my cell phone on me at all unless I am traveling and need to be available to our pet sitter. Otherwise, I check it once in a while to see if a text has come through (from my nephew usually).

        So yeah – it’s a mixed bag. If the addiction factor wasn’t so high, and it is, that would be one thing. But that said, I ain’t abt to give up my internet service or my dvr! 🙂

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    🙂 Senate Democrats wanted to know if Jeff Sessions, a Confederate senator, U.S. judge and Eagle Scout Baby Boomer raised in the Cold War, colluded with Russians. Are you kidding me? Next they’re going to see if a leprechaun who rode a unicorn into Brigadoon killed Nicole Brown Simpson.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      ROTFLMAO – love it! And yes, it is beyond idiotic for them to suspect such a thing of Sessions.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        You have to shake you head at the people over at TRS who are tut-tutting about people that don ‘t think Mueller should be conducting any investigation with his friend Comey involved – how dare people try to tarnish a good man’s reputation. These same people think nothing of tarnishing Jeff Sessions for the crime of supporting Trump.

        It’s JMO, but if Mueller is a upright man they say he is he will resign because of his friendship with Comey. If not, then just like Comey, he isn’t the solidly upright man he’s advertised as being.

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    Some “Good Trump” IMO

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    Schools Worry About Kids Getting Too Competitive, Remove ‘Valedictorian’ Status

    Schools are getting rid of their “valedictorian” titles over concerns that they create harmful competition, influence course selection and propagate misconceptions of large disparities in GPA because of differences in class rank.

    http://www.libertyheadlines.com/schools-worry-kids-getting-competitive-remove-valedictorian-status/

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      This is just INFURIATING! These schools are harming our children and are making the less capable of being productive citizens. There is competition in the world, and these little snowflakes need to KNOW that, or SHOULD know that, now. Someone works hard for their grades and is penalized lest they hurt someone else’s feelings who DIDN’T work as hard? ABSURD!

      This is exactly the kind of thinking that is destroying the Educational system.

  6. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Speaking of tyranny, check out the tyranny of the PC police on this apple farmer because of his faith (too bad for him he’s a Catholic): http://thefederalist.com/2017/06/19/city-east-lansing-bans-apple-farmer-market-faithful-catholic

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    Speaking of faith…

    Survey Finds Most American Christians Are Actually Heretics

    Evangelical writer Eric Metaxas remarked on BreakPoint last week that if Americans took a theology exam, their only hope of passing would be if God graded on a curve. He’s right. In knowing both the content of the Bible and the doctrinal foundations of Christianity, we Americans aren’t just at the bottom of our class. We are, as Ross Douthat argues in his book, “Bad Religion,” a nation of heretics.

    http://thefederalist.com/2016/10/10/survey-finds-american-christians-actually-heretics/

    I’ve always been amazed that the Catholic Church hasn’t chastised Pelosi, Biden and other prominent liberals on their support of abortion. It is anathema to a real Catholic.

    But I was flabbergasted at the ignorance of those who profess to be Christian. Especially those that claim to be Evangelicals.

    Evidently it isn’t only academia that fails to teach. Only the failure of academia may keep you from getting a job you want. The failure of churches to teach is far more worrisome IMO.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks so much for this article and your comments, Marge. You hit the nail on the head abt the Church (and not just the Catholic Church). Great comment!

  8. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Dang, Camille Paglia is really speaking out abt her party in a recent “Weekly Standard” interview. She makes some great points abt the failures of the DNC: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/06/19/feminist-chuck-schumer-allowed-nationwide-orgy-of-rage-and-spite-against-trump-n2342798

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