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As if the human race didn’t manage to somehow get along just fine until about 1995, when suddenly everyone — not just the doctors and drug dealers — seemed to get a cellular. And if I desperately need to speak to someone when I’m away from home or office, I’ll either use a payphone (they do still exist, and I can tell you where every one south of 23rd Street is) or borrow someone else’s cell to make the call. Self-reliance: Did you lose your shiny little metal friend after another drunken tramp through the LES, and now you’re alone and terrified in a wilderness of solitude because you cannot get in touch with anyone you know? When people learn this fact they usually react with an exclamation of shocked disbelief, as if I lead some sort of unfathomable existence of unmitigated depravation. You are one person with one person’s communication needs; they are legion, and they want and expect answers now. Leave a message on my machine, or email me, and I’ll get back to you when I damn well feel like it.
Nothing in the digital age is real anymore, and you know, they say celluloid film and ray tube televisions and maybe even paper might become obsolete in this century?She looked at me as if I was a criminal, and in a way, I guess I am.I’m an irresponsible fugitive from the chains of communication that bind everyone else. Well, the people for whom your phone is a great convenience — they know that they can call you and wherever you are, even if you don’t pick up, they have asserted their presence as a part of your day.Have fun frantically trying to re-create your digital community — which, by the way, will never again include that model from The Box whose number you scored last year who you never called but were totally going to someday.” ― Alex Morritt, tags: artificial-intelligence, artificial-life, artificiality, assume, assumed, assumption, assumptions, assumptions-quote, automaton, backward-step, backwards, big-brother, brain, brain-drain, brainwashed, brainwashed-generation, brainwashed-society, brainwashing, cell-phone, cell-phones, cellphones, contrary, conviction-quotes, convince, convinced, convinced-that-we-re-living, convincing, convincing-ability, convincing-others, curiosity, curiosity-quotes, curious, deskilled, despair, despair-quotes, device, device-set-up, device-sync, devices, dumb-people, dumbing-down, dumbness, earth, earth-citizen, earth-quotes, earthlings, earthly-possessions, earthly-task, earthly-things, evolution, evolutionary-process, extraterrestrial-life, extraterrestrials, fake-friends, fake-people, forgive, forgiveness-quotes, future-prediction, future-quotes, futuristic, galactic, galaxies, galaxy, glass, glass-half-full, glass-slab, global-warning, globalisation, globalization, governed, homo-sapiens, homogeneity, homogenous, human-condition, human-nature, human-regression, human-revolution, human-weakness, humanity, humanity-and-society, humanoid, humans, humor, humor-quotes, humour, humourous, humourous-quote, impersonal, impersonal-world, intellect, intellectual-capacity, intelligence, intelligence-quote, intelligent-design, laugh-at-yourself, life-beyond, life-lesson, life-on-earth, life-on-other-planets, life-philosophy, life-quotes, losing-it, losing-yourself, lost-generation, lost-souls, machine, machine-autonomy, machine-man, manipulate, manipulation, manipulation-of-others, manipulation-of-the-masses, manipulation-quotes, manipulative, manipulative-people, mankind, mobile, mobile-app-development, mobile-device, mobile-phone, mobile-phones, mobiles, monitoring, move, move-backward, move-forward, movements, moves, neanderthal, neanderthal-marries-human, oblong, obsessive-compulsions, obsessive-compulsive-disorder, obsessive-interests, other-world, other-worldly, other-worlds, otherworld, overrun, palm, palms, perception, perception-and-reality, perception-of-life, perception-of-others, perception-of-reality, perceptions, perplexed, perplexing, perplexity, persuade, persuasion, persuasive, persuasiveness, planet, planet-earth, planetary, planetary-exploration, planetary-shift, powers-of-persuasion, prediction, predictions, programmed-to-receive, programmers, programming, programming-quotes, programming-your-mind, quotable, quotable-quotes, quotation-collections, quote-of-the-day, quotes-about-life, quotes-on-life, quotology, regression, reversal, reverse, reverse-worlds, robot, robot-world, robotic, robotic-humans, robotic-machinery, robots, satire, satire-quotes, satirical, satirical-humor, satirical-quotes, skill-quotes, skill-sets, skills, skills-quote, slab, slate, slave, slave-to-the-machine, slavery, slavery-quotes, society-denial, society-problem, society-quotes, subservience, subservient, telcos, telecommunications, telecoms, to-the-contrary, tongue-in-cheek, universal-truth, universal-truths, universe, universe-quotations, universe-quotes, virtual-cubicle, virtual-reality, virtual-world, watcher, watchers, watching, worry-quotes, worrying, worrying-about-the-future “We inculcate in our children the sensibilities of raccoons, a fascination with shiny objects and an appetite for garbage, and then carp about 'the texting generation' as if thirteen- and fourteen-year-olds who couldn't boil an egg are capable of creating a culture. It often lived on the top of the bookshelf closest to the front door. We're going backwards.” ― Michael Finkel, “We, and the universe we live in, produce and operate in a sea of natural and unnatural electrical and magnetic fields.It was there so she'd see it before she left the house. The earth, for example, pulses at about 10 Hz, like a small engine.it almost makes me want an apocalypse to happen, to erase digital technology and force the world to start over again.” ― Rebecca Mc Nutt, “Casting a curious gaze down on planet Earth, extra-terrestrial beings could well be forgiven for assuming that we humans are programmed in every move we make, by a palm-sized, oblong, slab of glass.More perplexing than that, who on earth could convince them otherwise ? The only thing that changes is the food.” ― Garret Keizer, “Mum's mobile was the most immoblie cell phone in the world.Punctuality/Attention Span: These two are boons for my friends and loved ones: If we have a date, I’ll almost always be on time, because I can’t call you at the restaurant, after lingering needlessly somewhere, to tell you I’m running late.Also, when we are together, you will have my undivided attention. I will never glance surreptitiously down at the corner of the table to see who is calling/emailing/texting while we’re in the middle of a conversation.