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Here is a letter I received the other day. ‘Our generation is the visual generation. Earlier if you were hard up you asked. The girl said yes or no. Then it was only a question, back of the car or on the roof? Drive of testatrone( sic) one could arrange by the drive-in cinema. I missed Chitty-chitty Bang Bang!’I was watching the sophomores who were making out in the open. I seen them do it between rows of library shelves and under the kitchen table and in the bushes. Oh yes, in the bushes. How could I have missed that? I have my camera with telsescopic lense aimed there.’ Peeping Tom.
As soon as I found this note I instinctively pulled the curtains and arranged my thoughts. What with so many Dark Knights, all visually gunning for others one need even be careful how one thinks.
You see the social media sites and YouTube,- everybody is dumping his or her sorry mess,- and it is visual junk,- you know art has descended to the street level,and to the sewer level. Here we have no art, no controls no second thoughts but pure animal drive to be seen come what may. I even felt some sympathy for Peeping Tom, the antediluvian jerk who might have seen dogs do it and canine captivus watching with glee got him forever hooked. In the gene pool this genetic marker ,a prurient interest seems to have, over the eons of time, become so pervasive it is no longer a taboo but the mark of being in with the trend.
Nowadays sexting is how the visual generation connects.
Sexting is the practice of sending explicit words or pictures via text messaging. As handheld mobile devices have become more common, teens have increasingly used them for sexting, but exact numbers are hard to pin down. A study of private-school students in the U.S. Southwest found that nearly 20 percent of high-school students had ever sent an explicit image via their cellphone. Twice as many had received an explicit photo via cellphone.
In 2009, a Pew Internet and American Life survey pegged the number of sexting teens at about 15 percent (though only 4 percent had sent photos themselves). In 2011, a national study of 10- to 18-year-olds found that only about 1 percent of this age group created their own sexually explicit images.
Teenagers overwhelmingly say they’re irritated when asked to “sext” nude pictures of themselves to other teens, but nearly 30 percent have done so anyway. How progressive are we?
The adolescents are still in terms of brain circuitry just coming to terms with the real world. The Colorado shooter could not sort out the real and the make believe world. What sort of world was his home, anyway? I wonder if his parents were merely keeping up appearances and he was yet to get some grounding as to what was real.
Some visual generation! They have looked at them all but have they seen for what they are? I wonder.(Ack: LiveScience.com July 2,’12)
Tail Spin: Don’t blame NRA but the special interest groups and your Congressmen who are gun dealers on commission basis. Progress is not merely riding the tailwind of technology but also to say No to what is not in the best interests of the next generation.

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How I learned to live with less*

(* and wondering what I did with my brain all this while)

My friend John Doe sent me the other day a letter that took my breath away. He had never sent me anything other than a short note in his longhand. Twice if I remember correctly. Once when his father died and another when his daughter got engaged. Usually he phoned me or texted me via the Web.
Getting a rather fat envelope I was amazed to see it was all written in his longhand as though he got a second wind once he took the pen to write in old fashioned way.  At the end he had his signature, a clue to our childhood days, a sketch of himself like the signature of Saint made famous by Leslie Charteris.
America had swallowed him some 40 years ago but he let me show that his heart still beat within true. Only that the Great Economic Meltdown like the Great Fish spat him out of a society he was so comfortable with.. The latterday Jonah, from his missive seemed to have a crusading spirit to live with the less. He in his characteristic style told he was part of a Consumer society ‘but like the pole dancer I had to hit the ground sooner or later. Ben, I am cured off my madness.’
How did he do that?
1.    Monthly payments. Earlier I didn’t care about the price, as long as I could borrow to pay for it and I have enough income to cover the monthly payment. No longer. I’ve already got too much debt, and the banks won’t lend me the money anyway. Result: More cash purchases and a lot less financing of cars, furniture and other costly items.
2.    Window shopping is a luxury that I can well do without. If I really need something I let the urge cool off. What I haven’t bought on impulse hasn’t hurt me.
3.    Us versus them :Technology has made living easier but hasn’t safeguarded us, the economically vulnerable from hitting the skidrow. As long as Technology comes in the form of providing a safety net for its votaries a safe home and supportive community, the kids’ education, Internet connectivity, sustenance for a pet, it shall remain questionable in my book of Rules.
4.    Redundancy made me move to a small rental home in 2007 and suddenly it were like scales falling off from my eyes. ‘Where on earth did I acquire all these junk?’ it hit me hard. The snazzy things became all at once junk, and redundant. Ever since I use the Web to sell them on line. It is painful but every time I sold an item, was like a spiritual deliverance.  One doesn’t how the things, in the process of acquiring them,(for no other reason than keeping with the Jones’s) forge ball and chain for your soul.
5.    Cutting back on pay-TV services or canceling them altogether, which saves $50 to $100 a month. When I get an urge I look  into YouTube or better still watch people. It is highly educative, this people watching I mean. No scare mongering or commercial breaks but just fun of seeing plain folks in their unguarded moments.
I know TV is full of crap and radio shows are an exercise in futility with sponsors competing one another to reach into your wallet. If I want an informed opinion or a sane commentary of the world what can Limbaug do better than I? At least I use my brain for my own good. It is a change anyway.
Reading my friend’s letter I realized we ourselves in a craze to sound ‘successful’ by creating certain symbols for it, pulled wool over our eyes. (Ack: usnews- Rick Newman , January 21)

benny

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