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Technology Good — Technology Bad – Part 2

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Technology today is a double-edged sword. When my grandparents were kids, just about every technological innovation was marvelous. The telephone, the washing machine, the elevator, the airplane, the automobile. Every one, a winner! Today... not so much. We have freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of assembly. All good, of course. But sometimes, I think we need freedom from technology.


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This is the second part of my rant on Techonology Good – Technology Bad. You can start at the beginning here.

Meanwhile, I was expounding on what is good and what is bad about technology of our times.

Television: good idea.

Cable television: bad idea. 400 channels of mostly garbage. Itís like Sherwin Williams paint; it covers the earth... with trash. No offense, Sherwin-Williams... OK, Iím sure you make fine paint; I love your logo. Hereís a free plug:

When they went from 6 channels to 200 overnight, they forgot that there was only enough broadcast-worthy content for three or four of those channels. Now we have about the same amount of decent content, but it is spread over so many channels that it takes 30 minutes just to surf from beginning to end. And on top of that, it costs us $75 a month just for the right to surf. Thus, cable television: bad.

Television remote control device: good idea.

The VCR: good, very good idea.

The blinking clock on the VCR: bad idea.

Snooze button on the alarm clock: very good idea.

Cordless telephone: very good idea; I like to be able to walk and talk.

Cell phones: very bad idea. I do not like to walk that far... or talk that much. I know that there are times when a cell phone is very handy. But on the whole, it is a bad, bad idea. Absolutely nobody is that important. Trust me; much as you think you canít live without yours, time will prove me right on this one. The next time youíre caught with your pants down around your ankles in a stall in a public bathroom trying to carry on a serious conversation, youíll begin to agree with me.

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