Kurt Vonnegut in his short story "Harrison Bergeron" imagined the world of 2081 where everyone was equal. Ballerinas would have to wear sash weights and bags of birdshot so they could not be graceful. Beautiful people had to wear masks. Smart people had a little radio implanted in one ear that would beep and make them forget what they were thinking. On the last point, Vonnegut's main character, George is particularly smart, so he has a radio implant. As he's watching television and he's about to tell his wife something, "a buzzer sounded in George's head. His thoughts fled in panic, like bandits from a burglar alarm."
Vonnegut wrote that in 1961, and I think he was ... excuse me, I have to answer my cell phone.
Anyway, as I was saying... What was I saying? Oh, yes, this morning I heard a great piece on NPR about relationships in this new age. It was saying gadgets such as the iPhone have a habit of getting in the way of intimacy. (Click here for the article and steaming version.)
I'm not sure what it was really saying because I like watching TV with my wife and working on email so I can ... one sec, someone is texting me...
Now that's funny. Someone just told me, "Something's wrong with Texas. First the Alamo, now the World Series."
Anyway, I love my Palm Pre. What was I saying? Oh, yes. NPR. You should go there right now because NPR is letting you hear Bruce Springsteen's upcoming album The Promise in its entirety--click here--until the release of the album on November 15th.
I was just listening to the album when my dogs started yapping and I couldn't hear the songs. They're great dogs. We selected them from the Internet, but ... hold on, a chat box just popped onscreen. Apparently a friend saw I was online ...
There was something else I was going to say ... I know, the elections. It's election night and I'm worried.
No that isn't it. I mean, yes I'm worried but... I remember! I don't get why Jonathan Frazen, whose book Freedom is such a big deal right now, superglued shut the Internet port of his laptop computer. How stupid is that? What if he wants to buy dogs?
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