Saturday, May 27, 2006

The World Is Shrinking

Oh, Journal, I know you'll forgive my absence but I needed a break from the machine.  So let me tell you about what happened on this morning's walk.  As you know, I walk every morning, down the sidewalk of my City.  I was paced just right as I noticed a woman to my right, up about 50 feet, holding her left hand to the side of her head, with her head bent down and her body position odd.  She had her right side to me.  I thought, oh wow this woman is having a migraine attack, I've seen them they're horrendous!  Firmly grasping my cane, I quickly limped up toward her, ready to assist, which is the frustrated doctor in me.  I was about 10 feet away when I heard her talking, and then as I got closer, suddenly she reared her head back and let out a sound something like a psychotic scream but, in hindsight, I see now was a laugh.  I stood there staring at this woman who was not, as I imagined, having a migraine, but holding a cell phone to her ear and enjoying a good joke with someone.  I was startled into a rabbit-in-the-headlights kind of paralysis.  Then I slowly turned my head, noting my surroundings more closely.  Look, there's a man talking away to what appears to be no one; something's stuck inside his ear.  There's a kid with an iPod wrapped in his own personally programmed bubble, not having to listen to anything he didn't want to.  Wherever I turned, a cell phone, an iPod, something that kept strangers out was in use by people who kept their heads down, their eyes averted.  Were they acting in their own movies, soundtrack and all?  We've developed a method of acting in life without interacting with life-forms.  It's just incredulous to me, I mean at least with a Walkman you could still hear people when they talked, but people wearing these "ear buds" are telling the world "You don't count."  People talking on cell phones most likely have a very important reason to do so.  Being disabled I should probably have one myself.  But it's on the bus, when I hear, "Yeah I'm about 2 minutes away" that I realize how these things are being used mostly to keep us pinned to our separate worlds, our own self-made environs.  This is all superb technology.  I just wonder what the next personal bubble will be.   

8 comments:

hadonfield78 said...

I understand the break thing............
My world is not only smaller, but it is exploding at every turn..

angelrose2u said...

LOL, I so understand breaking form the machine. I don't get on it much thru the week with work and all. and now getting ready for the wedding too. Its a funny stroy about the phone,lol but your so sweet to come to someone whom you thought was in need, GBU

angelrose

queenb8261 said...

One day not too long ago, my husband and I were going somewhere and both got out of the house without our cell phones.  We felt disconnected for that electronic world.  Then we laughed about it.  He DOES have to have the phone for his job as he is on call 24 hours a day.  However a pager used to serve the same purpose.I asked my husband one day in the supermarket..."Who are these important people that they cannot put down the phone for an hour while shopping for food?"
 You were kind to think of assisting the woman you thought needed help.  Hope you are having a good weekend.
Barb

siennastarr said...

I notice that too!  I hate talking on the phone, as a rule.  I have a cell phone, but use it only when I need too!  I don't like to talk on the cell when I'm driving, because it's annoying.  I watch, as other drivers careen down the highways just laughing and talking away either via the ear phone, or holding the cell.

I wonder sometimes, too, about this thing called the internet?  Have we all gotten so used to having cyber friends that we don't actually have any real ones anymore?  I noticed that several people have stated on their journals that they wouldn't know what to do if they didn't have their friends here in Jland, because they don't have any in their real life.   Sadly..  I am one of them.  

The internet is so much easier than putting forth the effort to maintain a real life friendship.  That is so sad.

Jackie

http://journals.aol.com/siennastarr/Waitingtoexhale/

xomywayox said...

AH HA! I am not the only one! That has seen or felt the changes of our time. Remember life before cell phones, DH TV, iPods,  gone in 60 seconds meals & the list goes on. I miss those days gone by.....

Thank you for stopping by my journal.

Brenda

rednekwomn69 said...

I don't think i want to know what the next personal bubble will be, seeing as I dont know half of em work now (like a blueberry and ipod) and I'm just 28 lol..
Thanks for visiting my journal, and I'm sure I'll be a frequent visitor to yours :)
Tammy
http://journals.aol.com/rednekwomn69/Life'sPaths

pennietoonz said...

Sometimes while waiting at the doctor`s I wear my iPod and I think the same thing - It puts me so into my own little world. Sometimes I like it, other times I don`t.
Sometimes I turn my cell phone off. No one can reach me at a second`s notice and I feel free. Technology definitely has its good and bad points!
Penny
http://journals.aol.com/pennietoonz/PennysPlace

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