The i Phone is here and now this future computer.
Yes, of course, cool. I’m not immune to the coolness. But looking at that photo also made my heart sink. It looks to me like even more time on the computer per day.
And that’s more than a little scary.
I was talking to a graduate school class of future librarians this week about writing and giving them an overview of Internet resources for authors and someone asked me how I manage my time on the Internet.
No, really. That’s hysterical.
Let’s see, now. There’s Murderati, MySpace, Facebook, Dorothy L, Murder Must Advertise, MWA Breakout, Mystery Babes, 4MA, Sisters in Crime, Idiosyncratic, Newbie’s Guide, WriterAction, Shocklines, Backspace, Good Girls Kill, Naked Authors, Heart of Carolina…. now CrimeSpace…. and I mean, that’s just the basics. And then, oh, right, my friends.
The answer is, I DON’T manage my Internet time. Some days I cut myself off. Others… well, that’s where it can get ugly.
But obviously I’m not alone. As I started my mini-tirade on the unmanageability of it all in this library class, the entire class was nodding in unison and looking both relieved and desperate.
We can’t really do our work as authors without the instant connection of the Internet – and neither, it seems, can people in most other professions. But there’s got to be a balance somewhere.
Seeing that touch-sensitive computer reminded me of, well, the movie MINORITY REPORT, where Tom Cruise stood in front of a holographic computer and manipulated information through touch…. but even more of George Bernard Shaw’s play BACK TO METHUSELAH, in which (if I recall correctly) human beings had evolved into giant brains, no bodies at all, that communicated telepathically.
Sound a little familiar? It’s terrifying, I tell you.
On the other hand, at least once the computers are actually implanted in our heads (which I have no doubt they will be) – then we can do all this obsessive Internetting while hiking or walking on the beach.
Okay, so here’s my point. It’s Spring, right? And even though I’m from California and Spring Break isn’t traditionally the week-long blowout orgy it is for some of the rest of the country, it is still Spring.
So please, everyone, get out in the sun. Roll around in the sand. Take the computer if you really have to, that’s what wireless is for. But we still have bodies. Let’s remember how to use them before we turn into giant interconnected brains.
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