What would be the most difficult thing to explain to them about life today?

(First I must give credit where it’s due.  See below.)

“I possess a device, in my pocket, that is capable of accessing the entirety of information known to man.  I use it to look at pictures of cats and get in arguments with strangers.”*

In the interest of full disclosure, I am not a cat fan, but I do see the trend of animal, cutesy and kid pictures on FB.  I also must admit that when I took my son to the dentist today he put on a pair of sunglasses (to protect his eyes from the extreme glare of the exam light) and there was something that just gave me a chuckle about the pose he struck reclined, arms crossed on his Scooby Doo shirt, with the glasses Blues Brothers glasses on.  So I snapped a picture and posted it.  It’s up to eight Likes as I the write this.

Ok back to the main point, I appreciate the wittiness and mild cynical tone.  Hell, I wish I had thought of this answer, but I’m much too, hmmm, straight-laced doesn’t sound quite right because people regularly describe me as witty and I have a cynical affect at times.  Perhaps it’s the subject?  Something so serious as time travel or social shift across a half century makes me seriously pensive.  Instead of going cynical I first reflect on how the device in my pocket is readily used primarily for communication and secondarily for entertainment.

The whole universe of human knowledge bit does seem a bit lost on me.  That said, I have had a number of conversations with colleagues about how readily we have shifted into a mode of, have a question & instantly seek the answer.  I must admit I like that, even if most of the questions are mundane.  I also find it interesting how quickly our children have adapted to this, “Google it” mentality.  Fundamentally not really for the worse, although my son does seem to complain up a storm when I try to get him to use a paper dictionary.  I don’t think it’s because it’s paper (he likes to read paper books), so much as it just seems too labor intensive to him and maybe that’s the downside of this instant access to information era?

OK, so this is a fun question that has me spinning in several different directions.  (First list on my blog, I don’t know if they’ll be a regular feature yet but I do like to make lists! J)

  1. How would my parents answer this question (I’ve asked and we shall see)?
  2. How would I answer this question (I’m toying with it)?
  3. Hmm, even how might my son answer it?  I’ll ask him tomorrow.
  4. What would the search history on my phone reveal?
  5. What do I use FB for and is it actually good for anything?
  6. Do I get in random arguments with strangers because of social networking?  If so, why?  If not, why not?
  7. Hmm, what am I missing?

How would you answer the question?

*This quote appears to come from someone on Reddit with the handle nuseramed.  From there it went to No Hope for the Human Race and then to FaceBook, where one of my random friends made it possible for me to find.


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