The Rockin Johnny B

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The general.

As an old guy [70] I have a couple of things to say about the internet.  Well, maybe more than two.  Could be three, could be more.

I was 13 years old before we got a TV and then just a black and white TV that weighed...oh...a jillion pounds plus.  You turned it on and waited for it to fire up.  There would start out being a little itty bitty light in the middle of the tube [yes it has a tube], then if you had patience, it would widen up to show a picture.  We had three channels: ABC, CBS and NBC.  That's it.  The stations would go off the air at midnight; a bunch of jets would do a fly over and the national anthem would pay.  Finally, if you waited long enough, the test pattern would appear followed with an annoying electronic whine.  A guy down the street from us had a 'color' TV.  What he did was put a colored piece of clear paper [blue on top, then red, then green] to simulate real color.  It didn't.  It just looked like blue cowboys riding red horses over a green desert.

What I'm telling you is I'm old...really old.

Then, in the 70's, along came computers.  Wow!  I got my first in 1983.  You had to know DOS in order to do anything.  DOS?  imagine you have to write a letter.  Here's how that might go: >C:\dir\clcd\doc\  A letter you started about Running would pop up and you could continue writing...NO Spell Check.

Now, we've got the internet and there is literally nothing you cannot do or find out about on your computer or a tiny little phone you carry around in your pocket.  Amazing!

What if the Aliens came to Earth and shot a magnetic pulse at our planet and all the electricity suddenly quit.  Kinda like the show Revolution.  Just imagine what you would do without your computer, phone and electricity at all.  Believe it or not, we didn't used to have any of these amenities. How in the world did folks get along without all that?  The answer: quite well.  Those folks 'read' and talked to eachother...WHAT!  NO TEXTING?  Nope.  Why they knocked on a door and just talked face to face with another person.

I guess what I'm saying is not all of our technology is good.  Teenagers don't talk, they text.  Adults carry a phone on them and when it rings, the break off a face to face conversation to answer Aunt Nellie's latest complaint.  The computer is completely stuffed with pornography.  Not everything we've come up benefit us.

I'm just sayin....

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