Gym is over for the week and I was permitted – by myself, admittedly – to sleep in this morning. But being an ORF, the permission was overturned by my bladder. So having voided and ablutioned and dispersed seed for the birds and squirrels, I come to a period when FD SCP is still abed but I can propound all manner of nonsense.
To initiate that I draw attention to an article [Link] entitled “Tablets are for people who hate computers”. I have to admit to being initially drawn to the article by the title and the contradictory idea I found therein. What does this mean? Are there actually people who hate computers, people who are not Luddites, detesting any technology more advanced than that of whatever period their minds are cemented into?
I have to admit to having a bit of problem with the word “Love”, at least in current, common usage. It seems rather too free, too diluted, to me. I hear people say that they “love” something and I immediately have the urge the ask them if they are willing to donate a kidney or their life for it. Given that they are often talking of something commercial I have my doubts that they will even understand the question so based on long experience of alienating mediocre acquaintances I try to resist the urge.
Having raised a daughter, I have come to expect such extravagant but vapid expression from children but I do dislike the educationalists and care personnel who teach these things, Certainly FD SCP and I did not. The rot had to come from the day care swamp, if not the public shuls. But I do have to consider if this is one more datum of indication of the neoteny of modern humans.
The question arises because of the idea that, as with anything used frequently, including other humans, that there exists a Freudian Love-Hate relationship, or at least, situation since having a relationship with a machine seems entirely too anthropomorphic. Somehow, hate seems to have more gradations than love. It may range from vague disquietude to active dislike to I-am-entitled-to-vengeance asanity. So why do I continue to hold my extreme view of the extremity of love? Perhaps because of the many years I struggled to discover it?
At any rate, what is meant by saying one hates computers. I regularly hate my computers, usually in the sense that they do something, usually in the process of an update, that is contrary to my wishes. This box, for instance, has developed a distressing habit of losing wireless connection after an update. The condition started a month or so ago and while the remedy is simple – a reboot – it is vexing that whenever I download anything that I will have to spend ten or fifteen minutes doing repetitious administrivia I have never been successful at automating. But does that mean I want to take a sledge to the box? Not usually.
But I will acknowledge that there are bogs and the organizationally neurolaundered who do not have the capacity to cope with such and given the oft observed emotional fragility of these folk, I can admit that they may indeed harbor strong emotions against computers that do not always perform as desired. Anthropomorphism is, after all, embedded in humans at the coding level and despite the totalitarianism of our legal system, not overcome by mere laws of the third kind.
So is the thesis that tablets are for the computate challenged meaningful? I am not convinced. In that it appeals to my own conclusions about the majority of humanity being boggish and hence not really trustworthy with any tool above the level of the stick, a resounding YEA emerges. But I have to concede that my observations of tablet users is limited. Few of my immediate circle of colleagues and acquaintances uses a tablet as anything more than a contemporary PDA. They certainly do not spend hours with it playing video games or watching videos of unobservable content. On the other hand, these are my colleagues and few, if any, are bogs, or even geeks. As I have stated previously, humans have certain bosonic characteristics and condensation is one of them.
So does this also apply to tablet users? Are they cliqueist? Is that why I have not observed such? ANd are they largely limited to large cities where the density of population permits them to have social geography? Is it worth venturing into city to observe? The answer to the last question is a resounding NAY!
But if I am willing to accept that there are people, even in large numbers, who lack the capacity to use boxes, can I accept that they have the capacity to use tablets? From what I have seen the mechanics of navigating tablets is much more complex than that of boxes. So can it be some innate animalistic behavior that bogs channel more adeptly than geeks or nerds? Is the tablet some sort of social instrumentality? Or is it just a healthy revolt against the tyranny of modern employment?
In the entwined words of two great masters – Heinlein and Yoda – Waiting is, I am.