Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — To many, that’s an example of the success of the digital age. Look how ‘easy’ everything is!
But in our quest to make things quick and easy, I think we may have lost sight of why we do things.
Going to the movies by yourself can be relaxing, sure, but the real appeal of planning almost any outing is getting to share an experience with other people.
In my younger days, I would gather a crew of friends to see a movie and, with only a vague idea what was playing based on commercials that I mostly ignored, we would head to the theater.
What are we seeing? What time does it start? Can we get an older kid to buy us tickets to that R-rated movie?
These were the questions we’d have when arriving at the theater. Answering them was half the fun of the night.
Today those same friends and I would just pull out our phones, talk about how everyone on Twitter says “‘Gravity’ is dope!” and then by our tickets to the R-rated film. There’s no more nervously walking into the theater and following an adult couple uncomfortably close so the ticket clerks think they’re our chaperones. Where’s the fun in that?
Bowling may be the last bastion of in-person, low-tech all-American entertainment left in the world. Even better, there is minimal threat of it ever changing. What are they going to do, replace the pins with holograms? I think not.
The month is half over, but it’s never too late to enjoy the analog things in life.Vincent Davis II is a Cornell graduate, DJ, and market development specialist in the IT industry. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.