The danger of misused technology (warning: non-IT humor)
Scott Laningham 100000GSNP Visits (2002)
Barry Manilow tunes as a weapon? One person's musical weapon is another person's art. I liked a few Manilow tunes back in the 70s, but never owned any of his records. I didn't need to as radio stations could be relied on to play some real variety back then. Those days seem gone forever. Ninety-nine cent downloads and proliferating mp3 player technology offers all the control anyone would want (short of the true freedom that would come with a decent DRM solution), but I can't help but miss the good-old days of radio. Now, I occassionally scan the dial and hear 28 different stations playing music designed for the modern mobile audio demolition unit -- you know, the car that causes everything within 100 yards to shake as it passes. There are so many of these four-wheeled boom chambers on the road now that I wonder if some enterprising individual will soon be marketing a combination car/isolation booth to give the rest of us some respite from this sub-wooferian madness. Of course, then we'd need a way to get the critical sounds -- sirens, horns, someone yelling "watch out for that cow!" -- back into the car so we could drive without running over each other.
I still don't get the boom-car, or Sensurround car, as I sometimes like to call it. Why is this fun to drive in? Aren't the bones of the occupants starting to soften or simply lose their orientation -- leg bone ending up connected to the shoulder blade, etc.? I just think, if it shakes the contents of neighboring cars -- one made a notebook fall off the dash of my car while sitting a light -- then something terrible must be happening inside the offending vehicle.