07 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Everyone’s staring at their phone… and it’s a good thing.

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It’s not uncommon to see people staring at their cell phone.

It’s also not uncommon to hear people complain about it.

Thanks to the internet we have access to more information, and people, than we have ever had at any other point in existence.  Every day more and more information is uploaded, there will be more information available to me tomorrow than there was today.

I’d like to argue that this is a good thing.

Trivial things like standing in line, waiting for your number to be called at the DMV, waiting for an order to arrive… these things that were usually filled with complete inactivity, sitting, standing, staring, have been forever altered.

Remember when people used to say that there weren’t enough hours in a day? Now you can research subsarahan climates while waiting in line at Starbucks, or send a photo of your son to your Mother, and catch up with her while making dinner.

What you’re seeing is people who now have more choices, they’re choosing to do something enriching with time that was otherwise lost.

The only time you have complainers, is when someone is on their phone while you are trying to have a discussion with them.   They are telling you something, they are telling you that something is more important than your conversation – and they’re choosing to do that something.  That sucks for you, but hey – at least now you know that either you, or the subject matter, are not important.  It’s not warm and fuzzy information to know about that person, but now this creates that same choice – for you – to stop wasting your time on a person or subject matter that doesn’t really matter.

So, Yes, people are staring at their phones.  And it’s the best thing they could be doing.  It may hurt your feelings, but the reality is that we now have more opportunities than ever to focus on the things that really matter to us, and I couldn’t be happier about it.

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09 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Zombie Politics and Other Late Modern Monstrosities in the Age of Disposability

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Monsters of disaster are special kinds of divine warning. They are harbingers of things we do not want to face, of catastrophes, and we fear they will bring such events upon us by coming to us.

– Jane Anna Gordon and Lewis R. Gordon[2]

At present, Americans are fascinated by a particular kind of monstrosity, by vampires and zombies condemned to live an eternity by feeding off the souls of the living. The preoccupation with such parasitic relations speaks uncannily to the threat most Americans perceive from the shameless blood lust of contemporary captains of industry, which Matt Taibbi, a writer for Rolling Stone, has aptly described as “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.” [3] Media culture, as the enormous popularity of the Twilight franchise and HBO’s True Blood reveal, is nonetheless enchanted by this seductive force of such omnipotent beings. More frightening, however, than the danger posed by these creatures is the coming revolution enacted by the hordes of the unthinking, caught in the spell of voodoo economics and compelled to acts of obscene violence and mayhem. They are the living dead, whose contagion threatens the very life force of the nation. […]

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