The same campus paper that brought you the editorial “Don’t IM me, touch me” in September, featured a very different editorial today: “iPod is my iGod“, by Erin Roof. This is a funny, but very different take of the role of technology in the life of current college students. A few excerpts here, to get the whole effect, follow the link above to read the editorial
Along with drowning out nature, my iPod also helps me deal with social situations. As I walk to and from class, I can easily pass hundreds of people. I breeze right by. If I see one of the few people I deem “iPauseworthy,” I may unplug my ears for a brief conversation. But this rarely happens.
To others in the millennial generation, this is not offensive. The people I pass are also lost in the social oblivion of wheeling through playlists or gabbing on their cell phones, retelling sordid details of their personal lives to the people they would rather be talking to. No one cares.Older people don’t understand. They see our addiction to technology as a cause for concern. They think we have become too isolated and risk not becoming properly socialized.…The downside is, I will probably be completely deaf in 10 years from listening to my music at full blast. The large tumor growing on the side of my face from the radiation of too many cell phone conversations will also render me unable to leave my bedroom.
But it will be 2016. I can just recoil into my 3-D alternate universe and never have to see anyone in person again. Awesome.
Thanks Erin for providing me with a funny yet thought-provoking editorial today. I’ll make sure to keep walking when I pass you by on campus.
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