Lately, I’m afraid that we’ve become a society of apologists. Have you noticed? Everybody is apologizing all the time. And not one of them means it. Rarely does anybody take responsibility for their beliefs, which are often exactly what was exposed — their racism, mysogony, whatever.
Even more rare are these apologies as entertaining as the one that happened this past week, when the Governor of Delaware accidentally Tweeted a photo of a woman wearing bondage paraphernalia. More of those would make the world at least a funnier place.
It’s not just that I’m error prone that makes me wary. Anybody who knows me knows that I’m not big on social media. Nope, not at all. And it’s not only because I can’t be bothered to figure out how to use it. I have a Facebook account that I started so that I could vote for Speaker7 for some contest she was in. Naturally, I couldn’t vote anyway for some reason. I have one “friend” on Facebook.
When I first started my blog, I joined LinkedIn, thinking I could promote my blog. But then I had to enter real live info about myself like my name. Since it is being used as a professional networking society, the dangers of using LinkedIn to promote my blog became clear. Including a link to my blog would possibly attract a lot of people who would read my blog, but they would all be clients. Clients reading that I am a “fake” medical professional. And then, naturally, I would need to use LinkedIn to find a new job.
I’m sure I’d like Twitter — I love making short, snappy comebacks. But a Twitter account would likewise end up with me needing to use LinkedIn to find a job because I’d never get any work done.
So I’ve been happy with face-to-face talking, emailing and texting. And blogging of course, which is a realm all of its own.
But I just read an article that has me shaking at my keyboard. Worried about where this will all end up. Afraid of the future. Because they’re going to get into my brain. It’s just a matter of time before we can all transmit our thoughts to each other without the aid of a computer or a phone or even a mouth.
It informed me that scientists have just managed to transmit thoughts from one brain to another, across the distance of 5,000 miles. Brain to Brain. Non-verbal, um verbal communication.
Can you imagine the future? What politicians will say now? The excuses they will come up with for when they express a true thought or opinion and the recipient doesn’t like it? Oh Lord. It won’t be pretty.
I think it’s going to be something like this:
It’s closer than you think.