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Jeremy Glass, We Can’t Get Lost Anymore
i’m so sick of seeing people trash this generation for no other reason than that things aren’t the way they used to be. there’s this constant vitriolic stream of people snarling that selfies, check-ins and blogs are the death of culture, and i am bored of it.
the human desire to record and document experience is hardly new. without that urge we wouldn’t have art, music, dance, theatre. the world of electronics evolving around that to give us an even broader scope of options to preserve our unique view of the world and share it with others is a beautiful thing. despite a legion of cynical naysayers constantly shouting otherwise, i’ve not actually become immune to earth’s beauty or my own experiences in it. stop being terrified of change and development and calling it profound.
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Additionally, I’m not losing my sense of adventure every time I Google something, I’m feeding my thrist for knowledge. I have easy access to the most information that humanity has ever amassed, and you want me to not use that? Because let’s be real, my ancestors who had a “sense of adventure” were actually far more restricted in their travel. I can travel more widely and more cheaply than any point in human history, and you’re trying to imply that my “sense of adventure” has died because of the very technology that has made that possible?
Actually, how about this: my “sense of adventure” is tempered by the responsibilities and anxieties I carry far more than Google or check-ins or hashtags. My “sense of adventure” is tempered by the money I have (or rather don’t have) in my bank account. My “sense of adventure” is tempered by what society has taught me about traveling alone at night. My “sense of adventure” is tempered by the fact that a girl from my high school went on an adventure and ended up murdered, and whose family is still seeking justice because of the negligence of the local police department. My “sense of adventure” is the same as my ancestors’ “sense of adventure,” and it not this nostalgic retelling of history.
And how many of these naysayers have actually taken a trip like Steinbeck or William Least Heat-Moon? How many of them have jumped off a bridge? How many of them feel free to benefit from iPhones and Google and cell service and Instagram, but then criticize younger generations for taking full advantage of the world around them?
We can’t jump off bridges anymore because it’s against laws passed by older generations. We can’t take skinny dips in the ocean because it’s against laws passed by older generations, and adventures aren’t a reality for us because they often cost more money than we have. Technology has made travel more cheap and widespread than ever, and we helped destroy it when we weighed an entire generation down with the responsibilities of another.
All of this. It’s just more empty railing of a Boomer against Millennials for not cleaning up their crime scene yet. It’s oooold.
Hell, I barely use my phone and camera and I still don’t have adventures because those fuckers, as stated, cost money, which I don’t have. Because thanks to Boomers, there are no jobs other than shitty, min. wage service jobs. And also thanks to Boomers, min. wag isn’t even enough for me to pay back the student loans that I took out at exorbitant rates (thanks again, Boomers) and keep a roof over my head, much less adventure. Here’s an idea, Boomers: I will continue to not use my phone and to get off Tumblr and drive across the country, fly around the world, and skinny dip in every reasonably not-frozen body of water I can find if you clean up the mess YOU made of this country, this economy, and this planet.
Yanno…we can take our iphones out of our pockets to jump off of bridges, you pretentious oldhead.
there are waterproof phones and cases
and hello? luddites? geotagging
you could probably jump off a bridge with your waterproof gps camera
check in to that mother fucker
welcome to the future sit down shut up and enjoy the ride
Man i feel bad about neglecting this for the last month or so. Life has a way of just saping your energy. Truth is i’ve been partly in a funk and the rest is just having to keep track and deal with everything. So for tonight just a quick update on stuff and things. Mom’s ankle is healing well here at home,the wheelchair can be a bit of a pain for both of us. Hopefully she’ll move towards the walker after the doc sees her next week. It hasn’t been easy since she came home from the rehab hospital but it’s getting easier as time goes on. Her physical therapy is going well and she is regaining strength she hasn’t had since the cancer spread. As for other good news, I had a great event happen for me. As of today with my physical and fingerprinting done, I should be starting my full time job very soon. It’s only taken me 3 years since i finished college to get it but it is such a relief. I can finally afford to do things again and it should keep me moving. Which is good cause I’d like to drop some of this weight i’ve put on. My exercise and walking schedule got royally screwed up with all that happened and with as cold as its about to get, I think my normal walking 2 miles a day is gonna be just a wee bit hard to finish. Meh I’ll adapt as always. the ability to pay on my student loans will be good as well, that has been a noose around my neck these last few years. So all and all I feel better now than I have in awhile,so i’ll try posting on here a bit more often for those who enjoy it. Well I’m gonna go make some tea, put on Ghost in The Shell and relax. Hopefully sleep at some point.
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