I still love the feeling of getting up very early (before 5:00 AM) and going out to the driveway to get the two newspapers we receive each morning. I love taking the wrappers off and feeling the actual newsprint as I separate and order the sections in the order I want to read them. And later setting aside the ones I know my wife Lauren likes, so she can just dive in. I really like doing that. (When she joins me, it’s even better!) Sitting down then with those newspapers for thirty or forty minutes–and a couple of cups of coffee–while the rest of the house and most of my corner of the world is still snugly asleep is a constant source of joy and comfort in my life.
Sure, I know that some of that news has already been superseded by subsequent events but I don’t feel like I need to know absolutely everything in real time. Soon enough, I’ll open my computer for business reasons and find out the latest “breaking news” but, in the wee hours, I’m OK with being a few hours behind the curve.
I still love reading a real book or magazine, too. Sure, I know how easy and convenient Kindles, etc. are, but, to me, they are cold, electronic devices that probably do indeed make the actual process of reading quicker and easier, but at the cost of the charm and the feel of something real in my hands. I wonder how soon bookshelves will become as anachronistic as pay phones?
Even though I do sometimes watch movies on my computer for my work, I really dislike the whole process. Most movies are not made to be seen on a computer; hence, my “right on, you go” support for Regal Cinema’s “Go Big or Go Home” campaign. Oh, and Netflix basically just told those of us who don’t like digital downloads that we are second class citizens. Thanks for that, guys. Great PR idea. Not.
As you might have guessed by now, I really have a problem with the overuse of technology in general because I think that all the emails, texting, facebooking, tweeting, etc. are seriously diminishing our ability to really communicate as human beings. Perhaps less important, but still regrettable, is the fact that so many people seem to have lost the ability to spell. “Ur” is texting’s version of “you are.” Ugh. Oops. Maybe that should be “ug”.
In my heart, I feel that there a lot of us out here in baby boomer land who are not as enamored as others are of the “virtual” technological epidemic of our times.
I for one still like it real.
What do you think?