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Re: Going Mobile...
Jul 13, 2000, 00:28
Lemme dig up some vintage Thoreau that speaks to this point very nicely, methinks. Ah, here it is! On page 40 of "Walden," Henry the Man says: "Our inventions are wont to be petty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end...We are in great haste to construct a modern telegraph from Maine to Texas; but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate."

Kinda reminds me of the music equipment industry. The manufacturers want everyone to believe that as long as they have all the latest gear, they can make great music. Whereas if you have nothing whatsoever to say, a whole truckload of fancy gear isn't going to help! There's nothing wrong with technology per se; it just needs to serve us rather than vice versa, and it will if we have the right attitude. But we don't. Our technology is sucking the life out of us.

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