Interestingly, at the top of my list of Things I Don’t Want To Do, you’ll find “beam things directly into my eyes.” And following not too far behind, you’ll find “cover half my face with a giant visor.”
So, from the headline and the image alove, my sense is this new product is probably not for me.
This claim, from Jodi Dean’s book Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies, is a particularly interesting one to try out on the audience of this blog (who almost exclusively arrive at this blog via Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook).
Are you reading this?
And are you engaging with the things written on this blog (or on blogs generally)? Do you debate and discuss these ideas? Do you share them with others or do you just click “Like” and move on to the next thing?
And, especially for the Tumblr audience, why are you blogging? Knowing that there are millions and millions of Tumblr blogs, do you think your posts matter and, if so, in what way?
Or is Dean right that we’re just engrossed in the whole idea of consumption and contribution, leading us to believe that we’re participating in a national (or even global) political conversation when, in fact, we’re not?
And then I would just write software to turn off this “feature” because i’m a mature enough adult to know not to use a phone while driving. Also, there is no way for the software to determine if you’re the driver, or a passenger…
Let’s follow that logic:
I’m mature enough not to use my phone while I’m driving, so I would immediately work hard to get around any software that prevents me from using my phone while driving, which is something I don’t do anyway because I’m very mature.
I’m going to go ahead and get on my soapbox for a minute here.
Earlier today, my 88 year old grandfather was hit by a car.
I don’t mean the car he was driving was hit; he was hit by a car.
He was out for a walk with my grandmother and the nurse who helps her care for him, since he is in failing health. He was being pushed in a wheelchair in the parking lot of their apartment complex. Apparently, a young woman was on her phone while backing out of her garage and was paying so little attention to what she was doing that she failed to notice three people behind her vehicle until she struck my grandfather’s wheelchair, knocking him to the ground.
The combination of hitting the wheelchair and finally noticing that the nurse was banging on her car prevented this young woman from running my grandfather over while he was on the ground.
So, he’s in the hospital with what seem to be only relatively minor injuries. He’ll be there overnight for observation. But all three of them could just as easily be dead.
It’s hard to put away our phones when we get in the car because they’re fun or we feel like we might miss something … which is why most people don’t put them away, even if they know they really should. And that’s why I really hope it won’t be long before the option gets taken away from us so the fun we’re having with our phones doesn’t get us or someone else killed.
But in the meantime, when you get in your car, please put away your phone.
Is there a button I click to make iOS 7 less eye-gougingly hideous?
Am I just too old to appreciate what appears to me to be a catastrophic monstrosity?
Does it change the way I think about the little community of bloggers with whom I engage in this space? Yep. Real people with real faces and families and backgrounds makes for a real community. This might not appeal to a lot of people who are devoted to keeping their identities a secret, for whatever reason, but I don’t think there’s a way to build a community when no one really knows anyone else by anything other than the words they occasionally type.
"O brave new world, / that has such people in’t!"
It can change your grade from a B to a B-.
I’ve never been even remotely tempted to ban the use of laptops in my classes … but maybe I should start thinking about it:
McMaster University researcher Faria Sana, who co-authored the study with fellow doctoral student Tina Weston, said she expected lower test marks for students who were asked to multitask during the experiment, or were seated near other students using laptops. But the distraction effect was stronger than she hypothesized.
"We really tried to make it pretty close to what actually happens in the lectures, we found that lo and behold, the students who multitasked performed much worse on the final test and those who were seated around peers who were multitasking also performed much worse on the final test," said Sana.
"So you might not be multitasking but if you have a clear view of someone else who is multitasking, your performance is still going to be impaired."
There’s really no chance I’ll actually ban laptops from my classroom; some students are very effective notetakers on laptops, far more effective than if they used pencil and paper.
But I might tell students about this study on the first day of class ….
[S]ome of these blogs have actual websites.
Just when I was feeling a million years old thanks to the internet, Rush Limbaugh makes me feel a bit better with his weird rant about Apple, tech bloggers, and media bias.
I’ll say this for Rush — and it’s really the only thing he cares about: He’s not wrong. The blogs do have actual websites.
Who’s a million years old now?
Tumblr added an exciting new “Activity” feature today; looking at the past day, week, or month, you can see how many followers you’ve gained, how many notes your posts have picked up, who likes your posts the most, and so on.
Of course, everyone is taking and posting screencaps of their own activity … which has had the (un?)intended consequence of making me feel a lot less Tumblr famous than I felt earlier today.
So, reblog this post. I’ll be watching my “Activity” and I’ll know if you don’t do it.
NOTE: I really like the bloggers whose “Activity” I screencapped above. They have a lot of Tumblr followers — and I’m one of them — because they’re doing really interesting things with the platform.
FURTHER NOTE: This was intended as a tongue-in-cheek post; that’s why I tagged it “comedy.” I think I’m as Tumblr famous as I’d like to be. I have an audience here that I really like and I especially appreciate the high percentage of my audience that really interacts with what I write.
Yahoo is acquiring Tumblr for $1.1 billion cash, a bold bet by Chief Executive Marissa Mayer to revitalize the struggling Internet pioneer by co-opting a Web property with strong visitor traffic but little revenue. The deal will use about a fifth of Yahoo’s $5.4 billion in cash and marketable securities.
“Per the agreement and our promise not to screw it up, Tumblr will be independently operated as a separate business,” Yahoo said in a statement on Monday.
Photo: REUTERS/Stephen Lam