I worry for iPods, and the iPeople that inhabit them.

It isn't like this is a big innovation, or anything. MP3 players have been around for a long time. When I ask iPeople about what is it that makes the iPod so special, the only thing they can ultimately come up with is the distinctive white ear-nubbins.

These 'ear-nubbins' (my own word, I am disinclined to expend the energy and time necessary to search the weeb for what they are officially called) are the kind of personal sound system that inserts directly in the ear. The result? Total blacking out of any real world aural awareness!

In the heavy traffic of downtown Toronto (well, heavy for Canada, anyway), I have seen people wearing ear-nubbins walking, on bikes, or worst of all, driving cars. (That way, they can't hear my screams!).

People that wear ear-nubbins in public in a large city, unless they are in a park or something, deserve mention in the Darwin Awards when they are inevitably killed in some senseless accident that could have been avoided if they were a little more defensively minded.


There. I have said it.


Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree with you more. Further to that, people that listen to portable listening devices while driving should be lined up in front of a firing squad and shot. People that talk on cell phones and drive simultaneously deserve to be tortured for as long as the minutes they accumulate each month while doing so.

Anonymous said...

Hear Hear!

PALGOLAK said...

Good one,Anonymous!

Cellphones are not only evil from the perspective of cancer, they also increase car accidents!