Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Too Much Information

I think I’ll make a new rule: no cell phones during family time. While amazing, technology can get in the way in our personal lives.
You know, after being inundated with hundreds of phone calls, emails, texts and mail ... there has to be an end to it in the day sometime.
I’m as guilty as the next person for putting my family off while I’m in contact with someone on business. But I’ve found letting those on the other end politely know that I’ll be out of reach when away from the office is the prudent thing to do. Each person I’ve mentioned this to has understood completely, as they should.
After church Sunday, I witnessed a teenage girl text her way through lunch at a local restaurant. There she ate with her family and hammered away with one on her phone.
I don’t have a teenage girl and I’m not picking on the family I’m referring to, but gosh, there is no way she is getting any real “family time” from that experience.
I made up my mind right there that my children would not be texting or talking on the phone during meal time or family time.
When technology gets in the way of family, we’ve gone too far.
I’ve yet to receive a single phone call or text message which is more important to me than my wife and kids and I never will. Keeping that on my mind helps me to turn my phone off or ignore it all together.
MoveOn.org, which sometimes seems to be running the government since many of the organizations candidates reign over Washington, wants to nationalize health care and wants American citizens to get the word out.
MoveOn is sending millions of emails to Americans asking them to write letters to the editor to express their opinion.
The emails tell you what to write and how to write it. You can even write the letter through their Web site and they’ll take care of the rest.
I guess the only problem MoveOn has now is getting people like me to run their robotic drivel.
If any of you received the email and were contemplating writing a tanked letter to the editor through MoveOn, save yourself the trouble. We can spot a phony a mile a way.
Now, if you wish to express your own opinion in an authentic letter, we’ll certainly take a look at that and consider it.
Americans need to start being careful of groups like MoveOn. It’s wise to find out why an organization is doing what they do. Ask “what’s in it for them” before following the crowd like a bunch of blind sheep.

Copyright Christopher Blackburn 2009

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