If there’s one thing I absolutely can’t stand, it is the seemingly in-built perogative of my fellow Human beings, once they exceed a certain age, to start whining at length about how new technologies have caused the younger generations to become rotten, and that civilization, as a result, teeters on the brink of ruin. You may recall, this was actually the third trap into which I mentioned that science fiction writers tend to fall when predicting the future. Here for example is Lysiane Gagnon talking about how texting technologies have made society as a whole “pathologically incapable of being alone with our thoughts for more than a few minutes.” Well, thank you for your diagnosis, doctor Gagnon!
Every single line of this column screams-out with the words “Hey! You kids! Get off my lawn!”
At this time, I am reminded of something Stephen Leacock once wrote: “Of course, one is willing to grant that our young men are growing stupider and lazier every year. This fact will be corroborated at once by any man over fifty years of age.”
There, you see? Some of us degenerate younglings do still occasionally manage to find time to read books; even relatively old ones.
To be fair, Lysiane Gagnon is positively mild compared to some of the twits in the comments section; it seems that a bunch of people, from all walks of life and from all parts of the political spectrum, are perfectly willing to drop everything and share their thoughts on how the social media is causing society to “develop ADHD.” Only a bare handful of them note the irony of the fact that they are unable to resist the urge to use social media to share their thoughts about those damn kids who are unable to resist the urge to use social media.