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May 9, 2013

This writer is 'so 27 years ago'

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Virtual reality is a contradiction of terms. The essence of reality does not involve computer simulation whatsoever.

To top this commercial off, someone enters to tell these vegetables that the information they were getting - on their gadgets – was “so 27-seconds ago.” They were behind the times … by a whopping 27 seconds. Shame on them!

You see, this is what I can’t understand: What’s the big hurry to get nowhere? I’m referring to the instant-messaging industry’s emphasis on speed. I get it, the faster the better. But split-second service has morphed into a war of splitting hairs.

The meaningless drivel that’s passed along - via Twitter, Facebook and texting - does not command the expediency that the ads have elevated it to. Frankly, nothing does.

It used to take a minute or two just to answer the phone. Was that so bad? Is half-a-minute longer such calamity? I understand the haste in an emergency or work-related issue, but people walking around with earpieces and cell phones in hand give the impression that our society is trying to augment appendages that the evolutionary process failed to provide.

We’ve done this because we’ve given an unnecessary platform to the mundane. We’ve gone from using these battery-operated devices as a convenience to a requisite preoccupation. Life is so much broader than a 3-inch screen and a tweet informing you that your friend’s tuna fish sandwich was yummy.

And you have to ask yourselves, if the time saved is so important, then why waste so much of it fiddle-fartin’ with these time-bandits in the first place? Smell the roses, breathe the air and enjoy the pleasures around you. Added benefit: no batteries required.

And that’s the way it looks from the Valley.

Tom Valley’s column runs every Wednesday. Contact him at tvalley@rochester.rr.com.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tom Valley is on vacation. This column originally ran last May.

Tom Valley's column runs every Wednesday. Contact him at tvalley@rochester.rr.com.

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