A generation of zombies
D. PAUL REILLY
Published: May 16, 2013
As we all know, technology is indeed a great thing, as it assists people in accessing a whole wealth of wonderful information on the Internet, and is also extremely beneficial to people in business who can market their product or service through websites, and communicate with people instantaneously. I'm the first to admit, that the Internet has revolutionized the way in which I conduct my business. For example: I go to the recording studio every four weeks and record 20 “Time To Think” radio programs. The next day, the recording studio emails me the edited programs for me to check out. Once I've listened to the programs and okayed them, I forward them with the click of a mouse to all the radio stations presently airing the program. My “Time To Think” articles are also sent to the various newspapers who presently carry my column.
So, we've established that the Internet is indeed most beneficial to a whole lot of people. However, as I have stated many times in the past, whenever there's an advantage, invariably there are also disadvantages. Now, one of the main disadvantages to all of the technology available to us today, is that the young folks are so into this technology that they literally can’t seem to exist without it. It's difficult for the youngsters of today to sit quietly for a while and participate in a simple conversation. They either need to be tuned into their I-pod, on their I-pad surfing the net, or glued to the screen as they watch TV all day long. As the title of today's article proclaims, I honestly believe, that we've produced a generation of zombies.
I remember well some years ago being invited to visit the Houses of Parliament in Ottawa, Canada when they were in session. I was excited and indeed fascinated as I observed the actual workings of government from the gallery. Recently a group of young athletes in The Bahamas were invited to attend a sitting of Parliament, and you could see very plainly from the looks on their faces, as the cameras picked them up one by one, they were obviously bored to death.
What a terrible pity that young people in this day and age, apparently have great difficulty in just sitting quietly somewhere, as they observe, and take in what is going on around them. It would indeed appear, that without their iPod, iPad, cell phone, or TV, they are completely lost. Yes indeed, it's very sad to come to this conclusion, but I believe, that we have indeed produced a generation of zombies.
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