Thursday, December 11, 2008

Polaroid Picture

Our world is saturated with telecommunication.  I knew this when my mother, who I thought would escape unscathed from this hostile takeover, sent me a text message. Then shortly after that, my daughter hit me up from her smart phone and began keepingin contact with her friends on gmail!  

We now live in an environment that nurtures impatience, since we live in an instant gratification society.  Instant coffee, digital camera's, web cams, online banking,  text messages, On Demand and so goes the list.  I knew it was becoming a problem for me when I went to pay my Georgia Power bill online to learn that they do not accept credit or debit.  When I called, they would only take that kind of payment if you paid a $5 surcharge.  So I thought, "Well I will go to a payment location then."  Turns out, they don't accept that method of payment there either, so I had to walk to the ATM and pay a terminal fee to pay my bill and I was SO angry. Who doesn't accept DEBIT or CREDIT cards in late 2008? Oh, Georgia Power doesn't!  That whole experience ruined my day and then I realized how reliant I had become on this instant technology.  

Yesterday, my On Demand was down and I called Comcast angry as all hell.  Why? Cuz it's ON DEMAND!  Not to mention, they now have a new policy where if you want to set up service you must pay UPFRONT before they even show up at your house.  Folks, we are talking installation fees, deposit and the first months bill.  So basically, you fork over about $400, and in turn you get to stare longingly at your beautiful new plasma that you bought and hope that these bastards decide to show up at the time they said they would.   They showed up all right, of course at the last possible hour in the time frame given.
So far they have set up my wireless incorrectly.  I ended up returning their router and setting up my own network.  Every 5 minutes I would get a message that said my network has been compromised and I would be kicked offline.   Now my new cable box for the second TV, isn't getting a signal.  Though, they have $400 of my money, they so kindly informed me that they couldn't get anyone out to me till 4 days from today.  Why?? I gave you money before I even had service, so that means I wanted a technician yesterday before the problem even occurred!! 

I don't even want instant gratification.  I want things before they happen or I think it! 
 Damn technology! lol.  

It's so funny, because now you go into clubs or lounges and they have those photographers that take photos of everyone.  So, of course when you get your photo taken, you want to see it, immediately!  Back in the day, you just had a camera with film and it was a mystery whether you took a good pic or an unmentionable.  You would have to pose in the mirror and really get to know what your good face was so you didn't "waste film."  You also would hate the "one person" who messed up what would otherwise be a good photo.  Now you can just photoshop or cut that person out entirely, thus preventing an argument or two:)  

That got me thinking of where I thought it all started. 
As I went down the time line, I came to the conclusion that it was the polaroid camera.  
The picture we could see right then...
after fanning it for a few minutes;)
Damn instant opened up Pandora's Box.
Now we all need anger management.