Really, for a second I did think I can’t get instant access to whatever I might want right now. Of course, it was 1:21 AM, but still. Then I realized my phone would default to the cellular network. Then I realized this was nuts. This used to be called “ordinary life.” You were always disconnected from everything else that wasn’t in your immediate vicinity. It all seems so boring in retrospect, to be honest; you were stuck with what you had. At best you could order a movie, but that cost money and seemed like a tremendous commitment.
So we went to the bar and didn’t talk to strangers. As opposed to staying home now with your magical glowing rectangle and talking to strangers.
That last part is what makes me sigh when people talk about how alienated we are these days.
Physical company is important, but it sure seems like a lot of the folks complaining are actually upset that they don’t get to control the conversations anymore…..