POSTED BY VINNIE BLESI, January 9, 2012 Share
The following is based on a true story, although the names have been changed, and the story has been embellished.
Once upon a time most of this already dysfunctional family was computer illiterate, and they had to be coached and helped to use AOL. They used to answer their phones and talk to you. They used to use email as a medium to communicate. Unfortunately, "World of Warcraft" and smartphones turned this once down to earth family into electronic monsters.
They now only communicate with family members via text, twitter or facebook and almost always from their mobile devices. They post pictures from a Walmart shopping trip. They no longer accept phone calls, so if you are not one of the family clique who is not wired into this smartphone network, you are out.
The "Amazing Kreskin", his name not mine, predicts that in 2012, "We have become socially dysfunctional and there will not be enough police to protect us," Kreskin says. He says the new style of criminal will work in teams, breaking into homes and getting out quickly before police can arrive. Since neighborhoods have become so isolated and people don't get to know other in the community, criminals will be able to get away with this tactic.
"The only answer is to make neighbors aware that they have watch out for other neighbors," Kreskin says. "What we need is stronger family structure and the return of neighborhoods. People have to look out for each other."
I agree, we need to meet our neighbors and prepare for devastating events as a local community, whether they be natural or mayan, relying on our smartphones or "facebook" , is a moot point when there is no wireless, electricity or water
Yet, as a society we move forward to this faceless, emotionless, communication via wireless, smartphones and tablets.
Me personally, when the shit hits the fan this year, I want to be friends with the person with guns, ammo, and canned food. Your smartphone will not save you.
Families have been seduced by technology and are now blind to the fact that real human contact is essential, especially among family. Seduced by their devices which they now worship, instead of their God.
It may all ready be too late to stop the Social Disintegration of society brought about by Facebook, but hopefully someone will read this and take the time to make a personal phone call, or write a friendly email, or even better to hand write a letter to snail mail to someone you care about, or meet their neighbor.
"We are close to dead. There are faces and bodies like gorged maggots on the dance floor, on the highway, in the city, in the stadium; they are a host of chemical machines who swallow the product of chemical factories, aspirin, preservatives, stimulant, relaxant, and breathe out their chemical wastes into a polluted air. The sense of a long last night over civilization is back again." Norman Mailer
"Death By Culture" is ©2012 by Vinnie Blesi. All contents of Crazed Fanboy are ©2012 by Nolan B. Canova and Terence Nuzum.
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