Don sounds like the Texas businessman from the movie The Jerk with Steve Martin, where he comes in crying tears because he doesn’t have leather seats in his private jet. To write an article about greedy business practices while ignoring your own attitude of ‘I want it, I want it now, and I want it for free’ seems a little hypocritical. Exactly who is being greedy here?
It’s sad that Mr. Norman couldn’t access his Google translator as soon as he wanted. I feel for him almost as much as I do for children who don’t have access to food. But is the real problem with technology our over-reliance on it, or limited access to it? Maybe both, but the first seems like more of a problem than the latter. It seems like his problem is that he is not resourceful enough to work around network outages. I would hate for him to have to use the Yellow Pages or an actual paper map to find a restaurant. To render Dr. Norman stupid because he can’t make an immediate phone call just seems silly. I don’t mean to be overly harsh, but come on man, pull yourself together!
I recently read an article in WSJ Magazine about how it took 6 months to convince billionaire Warren Buffet to get a computer. Bill Gates even offered to send out techs to set it up. Obviously you don’t need technology to be a genius.
Technology isn’t all bad, it makes our lives more convenient. I know, we need to improve connectivity. But surrendering ourselves to our smart phones and the internet turns grown men into big sobbing adolescent wussies.