I was recently watching a stand up comedy routine by Louis CK, and he went on a rant about all the amazing things around us. He talked about how amazing cell phones are, and how we complain when texts don’t make it immediately or cell phone coverage is spotty, and how amazing it is that we have this at all.
I remember rotary phones. I remember being tethered to the wall, and when I wanted to talk on the phone, not being able to go too far. I remember how excited I was when we got an extra long cord so I could walk around while talking on the phone. Then cordless phones! How amazing were they? I remember being excited because I could go pretty far from the base station.
I wonder who first thought it was a good idea to talk on a cell phone in a public restroom. Technology is good, but there are definitely some issues with it.
I remember the days when I had to go somewhere to rent a movie, and then had to rewind it before taking it back. And if I got it not rewound, then that further delayed my movie watching experience. Nowadays, the worst thing that might happen is that Netflix would crash.
I remember wanting a book and not knowing where to get it. The guy I was dating at the time went to Waldenbooks and they ordered it for me (which was very sweet). Now, between Amazon and Ebay, I can pretty much find any book or CD I want. And speaking of CDs, remember when an import was a big deal? I remember feeling very worldly that I was able to acquire a copy of Moxy Fruvous Bargainville.
Technology is amazing, but I think it’s made us a bit lazy. Everything is too easy. And maybe that’s why I like records. I can’t control them from my cell phone. On a lazy Sunday, there’s nothing like having to get up to flip the record every 4-5 songs. I love the crackle that records add to the White Album.
At dinner recently, a couple and their four children were ALL looking at their cell phones! Why? Remember when eating out used to be a thing? At least a semi-big deal? I used to have to wait minutes for dial up or for a page to load. Now I can get my cell phone out and have it all pretty much instantly.
Don’t lose touch with how cool all this stuff is. Appreciate it. Enjoy it. Otherwise… what’s the point of having it?