Saturday, April 22, 2006

"What's that's not Burberry, what is it? Blueberry?"

The above quote is not a joke.

At dinner the other night with a very old friend he remarked that he felt very disconnected from what was going on in the U.S. He spent five years teaching school in Budapest, and when he returned he found that there seemed to have been a technological revolution in his absence.

Now this guy not a techie, so it's not like he was trying to keep up, but he does own and use a laptop, a cell phone, the Internet. He even has (and loves) his TiVo now.

But he feels that, in a way that wasn't true before he left for Europe, technlogy is now part of pop culture here. And that's when the above quote was uttered.

"What's that's not Burberry, what is it? Blueberry?"

"Blackberry", says I.

"Right, Blackberry.Well, it's referenced all the time...on TV, for example. And for the longest time I felt so out of it, I didn't even know what they were talking about."

I see his point: iPods, TiVos, Blackberries (Blackberrys?)

These are the "Kleenex" of the aughties.

To give credit where credit is due perhaps it started way back with "Xerox"?So, the questions are:

1. Do you agree that technology is newly included in the realm of pop culture?

2. If so, what do you think started it?

Yes, you are correct, tech is hip again. Blueberry, cellphones, iPod, plasma TVs, these are just as much a fashion accessory as anything else
Everything old id new again, it has been going on forever. Like a very small radio, from the early 1970s... a Clairtone "Mini Hi-Fi". You could hang it around your neck and ride around on your high-handlebar banana seat bikes.

Connectivity is overrated. My privacy is worth more than any gains that being connected could offer...

And fashion? Fashion is for pure idiots. Don't believe me? Listen to people talk seriously about fashion. It is drivel. Boring drivel. Hollow people with hollow heads.
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