Comment 40097

By schmadrian (registered) | Posted April 23, 2010 at 11:43:51

A friend of mine was a university basketball coach. And we were talking about the upcoming season, training philosophies, team dynamics, engendering both individuality and esprit de corps. And one thing that he said surprised me...and yet didn't. He joked that he was going to have to have a talk with the athletes about cell phone use. Not during games or practices, of course, but more in a general sense: it's quite evident that 'many people' (sorry, Ryan; I don't have the actual figures... LOL), many students are so attached to their electronic existence that they can't/won't wipe their backsides without texting someone first.

This is the world we've created.

And support...and rave about enthusiastically.

And I can't help but see it as more than a little sad. Because really, it's not like relationships are, across the board, better than they were ten years ago. So we really can't look to cell phones (and other forms of electronic communication) as being mechanisms for 'improving the general lot, bringing people together, enhancing relationships', can we?

Mind you, we now have a set of brand-new industries that we need to keep supporting, just as they support our new value system fixation.

You know; just like the one the automobile/rubber/petroleum industry created almost a century ago...the one we're fighting so valiantly to break ourselves away from, both individually and societally.

Funny, that.

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