Sunday, August 18, 2013

Social Detworking...

I was quite amused by an episode of The Simpsons that I saw recently... After watching the show religiously as a kid, The Simpsons has become kinda lame and predictable over the years... Though they still surprise us with a new kickass episode every once in a while...  (Which helps convince FOX that the show is still profitable)

Season 23, Episode 11: "THE D'OH-CIAL NETWORK" (PABF04)

The chalkboard gag...
Obviously the teacher ain't likin' the original lyrics by Pink Floyd...

Lisa creates a social network called "Springface", and everyone in town gets hooked, spending all day on their handheld devices, and being completely oblivious to everything around them.

The episode was written and structured in such a clever way, where innocent young Lisa simply created the social network so she'd have friends to play games with on the playground... But upon getting hooked on social networking, all the kids, adults, and eventually everyone in Springfield becomes completely obsessed with being on "Springface", constantly updating their profiles, photos, and nosing into each other's digital business, with little regard for anything happening in the actual, physical world.... And though Lisa has over 1000 friends, none of them want to play any actual games with her on the playground.

Carl: "Somebody call 911!"
"I don't know how to use the phone on my phone."

(My favorite line, after a head-on collision while texting/IMing...)

For the record, I have nothing against technology - I'm kinda sick of how obsessed our society has become with constant, digital social networking... I've heard the term "Approval Addict", which definitely describes the scenario... A good chunk of the population seems to be pre-occupied with their devices, and can't even think for themselves for 5 minutes without needing to go online and see what others think. It used to be considered very impolite if your cell phone rang during dinner... Now I feel like an oddball when everyone else at the table seems to be endlessly tapping away at their devices, completely oblivious to anything else that's happening in the room.

Homer Simpson endlessly playing with his handheld device while driving, eventually striking a pedestrian ... Incidently, Hans Moleman was also fumbling with his mobile device while crossing the street... While he lies unconscious on the asphalt, two Mapple Care attendants rush in immediately to rescue the mobile phone.
Fuckin' awesome.

Sure, I was a hardcore video gamer when I was a younger... I also ran a website for a decade... But at the same time, I played tons of sports, was an All-Star athlete, and enjoyed countless outdoor adventures. A balanced, healthy lifestyle is they key to a long life.

Social media is great, because it allows the instantaneous exchange of thoughts and ideas across the globe, to friends old and new. But it seems as if the younger generations default reaction is to seek constant and immediate approval for even the most trivial things in life... Can't really blame them though... It's the only world they've ever known.

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 Anyone playing with their tablet while watching the episode may have missed this...
Not everyone in town is a smartphone addict...
Cletus and his wife Brandine... Lighting up her glass pipe in church?

Man, I love The Simpsons!

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