Today's guest blogger is Hank Goldman, whose Goldman Advertising in New York serves a variety of retail clients. Hank is not against or fearful of new technology; he's been a ham radio buff for more than 40 years.
A new Generation Gap
Back in "my day", the Sixties, we young folks baffled
the existing "establishment," which included our parents, by
listening to music 'they' didn't understand, wearing tie-dye tops and
bell bottom jeans and ingesting chemical substances that did more than
cure a headache.
I imagine this "Gap" has been going on from generation
to generation, for as long as Homo Sapiens have inhabited the planet
For the current Technology Age, we 'Baby Boomers' were a BRIDGE
Our parents' generation witnessed the advent of air travel (Wright Brothers first flight 1903, the creation of the automobile (Henry Ford's Model 'T', 1908), and a new communications device, the telephone (turn of the last century).
It took 40 or so years for these to come into their own in the
modern era... easy enough to be accessible to the average
person. Even then, a "long distance" call meant silence in the
household while it took place. In the early days of
trans-continental flight, men wore jackets and ties and women wore
their best to fly. It was special.
So what is happening now? Cell phones and other devices allow
easy access to the world in the Palm of your hand--- Literally!
The biggest slow-down to jet travel (besides the weather) is the
security line at the airport ---and getting there to begin with!
We have come a LONG way!
So how is this blazingly fast and increasingly reliable service
being used by our sophisticated contemporary civilization?
That's the point of my rant. ALL that technological
know-how, all that potential for connectivity. Where has it led us?
I'll tell you my version.
Its being taken advantage of.
From my perspective in New York's midtown business area I see
people of every economic and social stripe using hand-held devices
while walking, crossing against the red, blocking crosswalks while
lost in their thoughts; driving a car; working out at the gym (which
is frowned at at most gyms); in the office, roaming the office
building halls, in the men's room (and I'm sure women's as
In fact the folks who go out of their office buildings to smoke
(a whole other oddity; clean air INDOORS, and smoke OUTDOORS!) and use
cell phones are often seen waving their arms to express themselves
while chatting... Who is seeing the
gesticulating hand gestures? If the phone is held to the ear of
the gesticulator, I assume its
merely for their own benefit.
So there you have it.
My Current Blog Complaint is: The new technology allows one to
do SO MUCH! Why misuse it by
texting or talking while driving or walking, talking so loudly on the
commuter train (METRO NORTH riders be aware!) and revealing PUBLICLY
your friends' phone numbers? And your bank password? And your
If I were a "phisher" I'd love to steal your data--- but please remember; You are NOT Talking in a Vacuum!
-- Hank Goldman