Monday, August 24, 2009

The Tech Revolution




So I was inspired by my mom's newest post which included a comic and so I did a quick search of something I have been thinking about lately- the pervasiveness of technology that is taking over our culture and how it is spreading even to the older generations. Case in point, my grandma is on Facebook. Not that I'm complaining, I helped her make her page, so there you go. It's almost a necessity so that my family members can actualy keep tabs on my nomadic life and see the photos along the way. Unfortunately, many people use FB time in the place of real social time. I was surprised when this week at church someone was actually asked to speak about the hazards of excessive online gaming. Whoa, the Bishop (an old guy) actually comprehended this issue and recognized that we need to hear about it! The talk was actually really good- he made the point that virtual living is just what it purports to be- virtual. Not real. He even quoted some of the lyrics from that Brad Paisley song "I'm So Much Cooler Online"- yeah, over the pulpit. It was awesome, rock on PA Saints!



I work down at the Pizza Pit
And I drive an old Hyundai
I still live with my mom and dad
I’m five foot three and overweight
I’m a sci fi fanatic mild asthmatic
Never been to second base
But there’s a whole ‘nother me
That you need to see
Go check out MySpace

‘Cause online I’m out in Hollywood
I’m six foot five and I look damn good
I drive a Maserati
I’m a black belt in karate
And I love a good glass of wine
It turns girls on that I’m mysterious
I tell ‘em I don’t want nothing serious
‘Cause even on a slow day I can have a three-way chat
With two women at one time
I’m so much cooler online
I’m so much cooler online

I get home I kiss my mom
And she fixes me a snack
I head down to my basement bedroom
And fire up my Mac
In real life the only time
I’ve ever even been to L.A.
Was when I got the chance with the marching band
To play tuba in the Rose Parade

But online I live in Malibu
I pose for Calvin Klein I’ve been in GQ
I’m single and I’m rich
And I got a set of six-pack abs that would blow your mind
It turns girls on that I’m mysterious
I tell ‘em I don’t want nothing serious
‘Cause even on a slow day I can have a three-way chat
With two women at one time I’m so much cooler online
Yeah, I’m cooler online

When you’ve got my kind of stats
It’s hard to get a date
Let alone a real girlfriend
But I grow another foot
and lose a bunch of weight
Every time I log in



Honestly, technology is such a good thing that I use everyday for school, research, communication with my family and friends, and as a means of expression and political activism. However, it is no replacement for social skills and real human interaction. Just don't get hopelessly sucked in.

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