October 14, 2009 Ken Davis is a comedian who comes on the radio once a day with a quick little "Lighten Up" moment. The other day he said, "Someone in New York did some digging and, 10 feet down, discovered some copper wiring and came to the conclusion that a hundred years ago people must have had a phone system of sorts. He was one-upped by someone in California who claimed to have dug 20 feet for similar findings, leading him to surmise there had been some sort of network there already 200 years ago. Not to be outdone, someone in Minnesota dug down 30 feet and came up with nothing. 'Well, here in Minnesota,' he quipped dryly, 'there must have been wireless already 300 years ago.'"
OK, so it's a corny joke, but it made me think twice about another quote I'd seen. It went something like this: "As we've improved communication we've broken down community."
Perhaps at least partly because I'm hopelessly behind where all that new technology is concerned, I latched on to that.
My internet's down—won't respond to the one command I know how to give it—and that's the end of that. People share with me that they communicate with their grandkids via Web-cam, and I have to plead ignorance. They explain it and I have to admit that if their grandchildren live in Florida and my friends live here, that IS a pretty wonderful way to keep in touch. They say I should have my "just-graduated-from-college-son" explain some of that stuff to me. I tell them that he has tried, but after three times or so he figures maybe it's hopeless.
All that aside, I think I'd like to make my case for a letter or card now and then, or an eyeball-to-eyeball conversation without interruptions from someone calling or texting. Call me old-fashioned. I guess I am.