Anti-Tech … Me?


techbond.JPGLately, I’ve gotten some comments that my blogs are becoming pretty anti-technology—that I’m ready to blame all the evils of the world on our quickly progressing tech. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. No, no no. Believe me, you won’t find me sitting on my front porch, cane in hand, spitting out grumpy comments to the youthful passersby.

“Quit lookin’ at that fancy little iPhone thingamabob and watch where yer goin’. I saw ya step on my lawn. And I won’t have it, ya hear? What’s all this gadgetry doin’ to the kids these days? It’s rottin’ your brains, is what! Martha, call the cops!”

In fact, when it comes to tech, I’m constantly dancing the high-tech mambo and giving it a grinning thumbs up. Where would we be without it?

Why, I just read an article that said the British security service MI5 is looking to replace some of its older staff because they didn’t know how to use social networking sites. (lol!!!!) Now, I hate to think that there’s some sad, graying agent out there who’s having a hard time with his Facebook account between cocktails, but, c’mon, everybody knows that Mafia Wars is where the real spying happens nowadays.

Then, of course, there’s higher education. Top-notch schools are using technology for the betterment of the student body. I just wish they had texting hotlines—such as Oregon State University’s “text a librarian” service—when I was in school. Students can connect with their favorite librarian and ask serious research questions like, uh, “What do interneurons do?” and get a quick response via their cell phones. Just think how helpful that would be during a test. And if the librarian is cute and single, the service could even help a guy’s social life and save him all that “Wow, I like your glasses” awkwardness.

Then there’s entertainment. Where would we be without technology in that department?  You’ve seen the new 3-D TVs, right? I heard they broadcast the Masters golf tournament in 3-D this year. I mean, is that cool or what? Once you slapped on those stylish glasses, that little white ball would look like it was RIGHT IN THE LIVING ROOM!

Sorry. I get a little overexcited on this topic. Just don’t tell me I’m anti-tech.

Now, where’d I put that cane?

Who wrote this?

Bob Hoose is a senior associate editor for Plugged In, a producer/writer for Focus on the Family’s Adventures in Odyssey, a writer of plays and musicals and one-half of the former comedy/drama duo Custer & Hoose. He is a husband, father of three and a relatively new granddad.

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