The BBC delivers a more or less idiotic article on the new Apple iPhone and technology in general. (Link)
The basic gist of the article is that certain people, especially 77 year old Luddites, donâ€™t seem to want a new iPhone. In fact, the Luddite in question doesnâ€™t want an iPod either.
What a fucking surprise. This guy, who says that he doesnâ€™t know what the iPhone does, â€œrather like(s) not wanting one.â€ He doesnâ€™t want an iPod because he doesnâ€™t want to walk around listening to music. He â€œlikes silence.â€
So, is the BBC interviewing 77 year-olds to get a â€œman on the streetâ€ idea of what people think of new technology? Or music, for that matter? Itâ€™s ridiculous.
And of course, the guy has no idea. First of all, most people donâ€™t have a â€œsilenceâ€ option. My options during my daily commute are usually something along the lines of:
* Schizophrenic Rant from most likely non-dangerous person on my left
* Angry rap lyrics from the most likely non-non-dangerous guy on my right
* Ear-splitting, but incomprehensible, loudspeaker announcements every three minutes
Walking on the street itself, of course, I have different choices, including Rumbling Garbage Truck, Beeping Back-up Noise, and Muffler-less Motorcycle.
But you know what, most of that is beside the point. I love music, but the last three things I listened to were:
1. Part 10 of â€œ12 Byzantine Rulers,â€ a series of lectures given by Lars Brownworth.
2. A panel discussion between an Israeli politician and European diplomats, downloaded from the University Channel (link on the left of the main page).
3. â€œLooterâ€™s Folliesâ€ by Destroyer. (Ok, thatâ€™s music, but you get the point.)
And I donâ€™t listen to it while walking around nearly as much as I do while driving in the car, or doing the dishes. Luddite-man likes the swish-swish-clang of soapy dishes.
Itâ€™s ok with me if people donâ€™t want to listen to music or podcasts. But they shouldnâ€™t kid themselves that theyâ€™re above it. They just donâ€™t like music, or knowledge, or are scared and ignorant.
On to the iPhone. Itâ€™s not amazing because itâ€™s an iPod. Itâ€™s amazing because itâ€™s touch controlled, and doesnâ€™t need to lose space to have a keyboard. Making it an iPod is great for people who want a phone and also want an iPod, but thatâ€™s a different story.
Anyway, this is a ramble, and I donâ€™t feel like fixing the logical flow. So Iâ€™m heading right back to the article.
It says that Luddite-man isnâ€™t alone. A survey shows that 50% of British adults feel overwhelmed by new technology and have trouble with all the new jargon.
The problem is that feeling overwhelmed isnâ€™t the same as not wanting, or appreciating, the new things you can do with these devices. Of course people feel overwhelmed. Thereâ€™s a lot going on. Hell, Iâ€™m overwhelmed half the time. What does that have to do with it?
And then come the comments. I suddenly am out of time, so I wonâ€™t bother too much. Iâ€™ll just bother a little.
These people say, â€œoh, whatâ€™s wrong with the world that we need mobile phones to talk to each other? Why, if someone needs to talk to me, they can call on my regular phone.â€
Why is that better? Isnâ€™t a â€œregularâ€ phone just like a mobile phone, except that you have to be home to use it? How is it more natural or personal? I bet these same people wouldâ€™ve said the same things when the phone was invented. â€œWhy, just write me a letter!â€
And hereâ€™s a beauty:
â€œI disagree with those who say that technology improves communication. Many people now use mobile phones and MP3s so much that they have lost the skill of communicating on a personal, face to face level, and I believe this is having an adverse effect on society.â€
Many people have lost the skill of communicating on a personal level? Really? Who? Who are these many people? What, they come up to you and are unable to speak?
And by the way: MP3s? Do you even know what MP3s are? How are MP3s affecting the ability to communicate? This is a perfect indication of this person’s qualifications to talk about this issue.
The Luddite-man said that he was worried, too. Canâ€™t you just say that youâ€™re not interested in mobile phones without saying that youâ€™re WORRIED about people who are?
Iâ€™m in a bad mood.