17 February 2007
Just back away slowly
iPods invariably separate humanity and limit human interaction. And this is part of a common trend, for as we hide behind computer screens or cell phones in the guise of text messages, we are constraining ourselves to this wretched path. The course that the damnable iPod leads us on is one of isolation and loneliness. It is far too easy to walk around plugged into one of these devices and be free of any social necessity to greet a friend or wave back. It is far too simple to go about your own life without regard for the people around you and be freed from the burden of social interaction. iPods cause us to isolate ourselves in a music-induced cocoon and this restrains social interaction and personal relationships.
Why are people so obsessed with the "interactions" that we aren't having with each other? Frankly, before I had an iPod, I still didn't "interact" with other people on the subway. In fact, the last thing I want to do with anyone on the subway is chat, talk, or hear their opinion on global warming or the war in Iraq. Seriously. People make it sound like before iPods and other portable electronic devices were introduced, everyone loved each other and gathered 'round a campfire on a subway platform singing Kumbaya. People, get real.
Me, I don't own an iPod. I have, somewhere in a drawer, an old Walkman-type device, which seldom gets used. But if you believe I owe you social interaction because you're a carbon-based life form, you're delusional.