Life In Analog  

Fallic40 53M
3214 posts
3/3/2006 1:54 pm
Life In Analog

A Luddite is a person who fears or loathes technology, especially new forms of technology that threaten existing jobs. During the Industrial Revolution, textile workers in England who claimed to be following the example of a man named Ned Ludd destroyed factory equipment to protest changes in the workplace brought about by labor-saving technology. The term Luddite is derived from Ludd's surname. Today, the term Luddite is reserved for a person who regards technology as causing more harm than good in society, and who behaves accordingly.

I have to admit that I am a Luddite. But, I will also state, for the record, that I am a selective Luddite . It is very selfish of me to be this way, but I refute the technology that makes life miserable, but embrace that which improves (my) life for the better.

I cannot, for the life of me, understand the overwhelming need for the cellular telephone. (If that is not a Luddite statement, then I do not know what is.) Humanity has existed for thousands of years with the umbilical cord being removed at birth. Why, now, is it so necessary to have the umbilical cord that is the cell phone re-attached? The pissiest that I have gotten with my oldest daughter in years was when I found her answering her cell phone while we were fishing last summer. (The fact that she was fighting a 4lb smallmouth at the same time I was catching bluegill probably contributed to my apoplexy.)

It is surprisingly enjoyable to be “unreachable”. One of the most important requirements that I have for a new job is a tacit understanding that I will not be available at all hours of the day and night. In my last job, I just put my pager in my desk (after removing the batteries) and left it there for five years. If I cannot do the job in the time I am there, I do not deserve to have that job anyway.

The only Blackberries in my life will be mixed with sugar and Granny Smith apples and cooked beneath a flaky, golden pie crust. There is no need for me to text everyone I know (in a special secret code, no less) when I already have e-mail and a telephone (and a blog). Nor do I wish to use a PDA. I have no intention of cluttering my life to need anything more than a calendar (although this year, my mum gave me a horrible kitty cat calendar for Christmas) to track appointments. Who needs a scheduled life that is so complex that your Outlook calendar tells you that you have rest scheduled for 11am to 1pm on March 5th?

But, like I said, my version of ALS (Arsehole Luddite Syndrome) is very selective to suit the style of life that I prefer. I once stated that the inventor of Caller ID should be canonized and have effigies cast in bronze worldwide. I give you, Saint Kazuo Hashimoto ‒ quite possible the first Japanese saint.

This piece of information was, of course, found using Google and is another of my selective components. However, I feel positively about Google in the same way that I feel positively about the public library (which I visit at least once a week and to which I contribute generously). It is a tool that I can control (although Mr. President is working very hard to work a counter solution to this). Control is perhaps the core issue of my Luddite mentality. I require the step of self-determination in order to realize myself.

So what I really should be admitting is that I do not like constant intrusion from the outside in my life. It would seem that I am one of those individuals who seek some need to be insulated from many aspects of life. Constant interruption is physically and mentally disturbing to me. By controlling that access, I am me.


I also have to admit that I love my computer. This is probably a most obvious statement considering that all of us are using said item to read each others thoughts, fears and successes. But it is all a matter of control, isn’t it? I can turn this off. I can decide to not read a post. I can decide to ignore a comment.

Like I said, I am a selective Luddite.

impish_pixie 54F
6867 posts
3/3/2006 7:23 pm

hmm...I'll take a slice of blackberry and apple pie.....

I make mistakes, I am out of control & at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best. ~Marilyn

Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
3/3/2006 8:58 pm

so, kittenkisses, didn't you somehow muddle through adolescence without a cell phone, pager, balckberry and gps locating chip?

Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
3/3/2006 9:31 pm

imp, it's a house specialty

MissAnnThrope 56F
11488 posts
3/4/2006 2:59 am

I had a cell phone. For all of 8 months before I said the hell with it. People would call me while I was AT HOME on the fucking cell, knowing full well there's a perfectly good landline here that DOESN'T cost me per minute when they call before 9 PM. They would get pissed off that I wasn't answering when I was out of range, or at a party, or driving, or on a date or when they had run down the frigging battery and it was recharging and off. No one needs to be connected 24/7. I also wish they would enforce the law about having to use a hands-free unit while driving. I can't tell you the number of times I've practically been run down by idiots with a cell phone attached to their ear while driving.

Yes, they have practical uses. Like calling AAA at 3 AM. Like when you're lost or stuck in traffic. Or hitting 911 should you be kidnapped and stuffed into a trunk of a car. However, that's a long shot. But I swear to you, when I worked in retail, there would be women shopping together, one on each end of the department, calling each other on their phones, holding up whatever to the other from across the floor and asking what they thought! I'm sorry, but that is NOT necessary.

But what's really annoying are the people who are using Bluetooth for their cell phones. You have no idea they're not talking to you when you hear "Hello" and no cell phone in sight. At best, it looks like they're talking to themselves, at worst, they seem to be raving lunatics on first sight. Especially if you don't see the ear with the clip-on on it.

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
3/4/2006 7:21 pm

If I could afford a good lawyer and a large bodyguard I would become the woman known for smashing cell phones with a sledgehammer.
Why must some people at the gym have their cell phone at their side? Are they doctors on call or are they expecting an organ transplant?

I have a Tracfone but it's for outgoing calls only, I don't even know my own phone number.

Now lets all go listen to music and watch videos on a teeny tiny cell phone screen.

FeistySyn 51F

3/4/2006 8:20 pm

Once again, your blog strikes home... you are really a lot like me, it's a bit eery sometimes LOL! I have a cell phone, but I cancelled the VM on it even though it was included.. they said are you SURE? but its FREE with your plan?? ... if you want to leave a message for me, call my house - where I don't have to waste my minutes or remember a code to get your message... I almost never give the number out, and even when I do, the phone is almost never on... Caller ID is a godsend.. now I really don't have to ever answer my home phone either!!! (though I would for you! )

Apparently the depth of depravity here is bottomless... don't you feel right at home?

Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
3/5/2006 9:20 pm

MissAnn, I definately agree with you on Bluetooth users. It's really disconcerting if they are the type that have to wave their hands and act out their conversations Italian style. Some of them wander around in a sort of pseudo-religious ecstasy screaming and waving hands to the heavens.

_Safira 53F
11260 posts
3/6/2006 1:03 pm

Selective Luddites of the World ... Unite!!!

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Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
3/7/2006 2:48 pm

jay, I treat people using cell phones in cars with the ultimate in circumspection. It amazes me why it is not yet illegal to have a phone in one hand and the steering wheel in the other.

Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
3/7/2006 2:52 pm

fotofinishr, I cannot agree with you more on the the fact that technology serves us and not vice versa. I also make sure that it serves me and is not used to contain me.

Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
3/7/2006 2:54 pm

feisty, I have taken the approach that there are just not enough people with enough valid reason to get hold of me for me to have more than a house phone and a computer. (Of course, my computer is loaded - but that is for math usage.)

Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
3/7/2006 2:56 pm

saf, but we will not be using a web site to announce meetings, or have a cell phone chain for when the government decides to curtail our activities etc.

FeistySyn 51F

3/7/2006 7:20 pm

So you are saying you don't IM online at all on your computer? ... or email? ... lol.. I have gotten to where I actually encourage my friends to IM me rather than phone, we always end up talking on the phone too long, and on IM I have an easier time ending the conversatioins ...

Wow, I just re-read that paragraph above, I am so anti-social now! yikes!

Apparently the depth of depravity here is bottomless... don't you feel right at home?

Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
3/7/2006 8:45 pm

Feisty, I have only a couple of people I ever IM and since all my long distance is free, I would rather talk anyway.

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