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iHate the iPad (and the iPhone and the…)

“Don’t be too proud of this technological terror that you’ve constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.”

 — Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith

President Barack Obama has taken some heat from tech-lovers for recently having told graduates at a graduation ceremony:

“You’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank all that high on the truth meter.

“With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations — none of which I know how to work — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation.”

In his speech to the graduates, Obama mentioned Thomas Jefferson, who, Obama said, recognized “that in the long run, [the] improbable experiment called America wouldn’t work if its citizens were uninformed, if its citizens were apathetic, if its citizens checked out and left democracy to those who didn’t have the best interests of all the people at heart.”

Yup. I wholeheartedly agree with the president on this one. While you’re wasting your time with your latest gadget and are not participating in the political process, others are — and they’re probably not looking out for you.

I am surrounded by people with all kinds of technological wizardry — iPhones, iPads, laptops, etc. — who have the means to say just about anything to just about anyone just about anywhere in the world. But they don’t seem to have much that is very important or very meaningful to say.

Americans seem to mistake technology for good content, but content is king.

Plenty of good content is available online, but let’s be honest — is that what most Americans are accessing with this technology? Are they accessing the best that our culture has to offer?

I don’t think so…

Most of all, I think, iHate the iPad.

The iPad is little more than a fucking status symbol.

Recently my boyfriend and I were at a mall (where I pretty much go only for shoes) and we saw a temporary Apple store set up. The place was packed as though it were the second coming of Christ. Apparently the sheeple were covering their bases — if they weren’t saved by Christ, then the iPad and/or the iPhone would save them.

It was my first opportunity to see an iPad up close. I was unimpressed. So the screen adjusts its landscape or portrait orientation as you move the iPad. Oooo! Yeah, that’s worth the hundreds of dollars.

I found the iPad to be too heavy and all of the display iPads were covered with smudges, since you have to touch the screen to work it. Might as well coat it with Vaseline and get it over with.

I have access to desktop computers at home, at work and at my boyfriend’s apartment. I don’t even like laptops because I like to be able to use a real keyboard, not a squished keyboard. I like to be able to spread out and relax when I’m at the computer.

Since I have no use for even a laptop, I certainly have no use for an iPad, which doesn’t even have a keyboard. iPass on the iPad. And on the iPhone, too, since I don’t have use for even a simple cell phone. I have plenty of access to land lines, and I prefer e-mail anyway.

But back to what Obama said — again, I’m with him. We Americans are too entranced with our gadgets, and in our obsession with our gadgets that we don’t even need, we are losing meaning and purpose and depth. And we’re becoming even more isolated from each other because increasingly, we prefer to socialize via gadgets rather than in person. We don’t even want to talk to each other on the telephone anymore — we want to text or instant-message instead, even though it’s less efficient and more time-consuming to have a conversation that way.

And I’ll never understand how it makes one cool to purchase what everyone else is purchasing, most notably today, the iPad.

I have the impression that on some level, Americans really do believe that their technological gadgets are going to save them.

Meh. Your iPhone won’t even work when Armageddon comes.

Better find something on the inside to save your soul.

Learn the ways of the Force.  

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Steele: It’s hard out here for a pimp 

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2010 file photo Republican National Committee ... 

Associated Press photo 

Repugnican National Committee head Michael Steele (pictured above) says that more is expected of him and President Barack Obama than would be expected of them if they were white. 

(That quote, to me, is the real news story, but the headline of the news article is “Michael Steele: I’m Not Going Anywhere.”

I agree with Steele, but it’s even worse than the fact that more is expected of black men than is expected of white men, as evidenced by the nation’s low, low expectations for George W. Bush but its much, much higher expectations for Obama.  

What is worse is that whack shit that happens to Obama never would happen to a white president, such as a dipshit U.S. representative yelling out “You lie!” during a nationally televised presidential address to Congress… 

¡iCaramba! 

A man uses an Apple iPad at a promotion event. A video of a ... 

AFP photo 

I don’t think that I’d buy an iPad if someone gave me the money to buy one. Since I wouldn’t want to use even a laptop — give this old-schooler a desktop, thank you! — I can’t see that I’d like an iPad, and I hate the idea that we’re all to go out and buy the latest iWhatever in order to be cool. (A bunch of people all doing the same thing, like iLemmings headed for an iCliff — how is that cool?) 

I feel vindicated by this review of the iPad, which concludes: 

The iPad will not replace your smartphone. Unless you can’t type, it won’t replace your laptop. If you love books, you could argue it’s a great e-book reader, but let’s see what your wrists say after a few days. [The word is that the iPad is too heavy.] The Kindle is a better e-reader. 

Frankly, we’re not sure what need the iPad fills, other than the desire to be cool by owning a device that is in a class all its own. 

Oh, snap! 

Of course, I don’t even own (or want to own) a simple cell phone, but still… 

Gallup Poll: ‘Tea-baggers’ are vocal minority 

It just wouldn’t be a “tea party” without the misspelled signs… 

A protester holds up a sign while waiting for the Tea Party ...

Reuters photo (Denver, Colorado, March 31)

…and all of the stupid white people  

In this April 1, 2010 photo, participants in a tea party rally ... 

Associated Press photo (Omaha, Nebraska, April 1) 

A recent Gallup Poll indicates that fewer than one in three Americans supports the “tea party,” Politico reports today. Politico reports:

The survey of 1,033 adults polled nationwide shows that 28 percent said they are a “supporter” of the [“tea party” “movement”], while 26 percent said they are an “opponent”…. Thirty-eight percent said they neither back nor oppose the movement and 8 percent had no opinion…. The poll was conducted March 26-28 and has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

So of the 28 percent, I wonder, how many are die-hard fans of the “tea party” — such as who would actually attend a local “tea party” gathering — and how many are Repugnicans who just don’t mind having the “tea-baggers” on their side, since their party can use all the help that it can get? (Assuming, of course, that the “tea-party” douche bags are helping the Repugnican Party…)  

And does that mean that for all of the fighting between the right and the left, roughly half of the nation doesn’t even give a shit? 

How can one remain neutral on a train that is about to come off of its tracks and careen down the ravine?

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