Past Opinion Articles
Article for the week of 4/20/10
Confessions of a Dislocated
The world of
tomorrow is getting further away
Mann (Editor in Spoof)
Article also featured at the Pauls
Valley Daily Democrat
Once way back in this great society of ours we actually spent a great deal of
time pondering what was to come. Many a generation was convinced that in a matter
of decades the future would become so futuristic that we could stop calling Walt
Disney a liar.
Take your pick, if we depend on it as a part of our daily lives, it should have
been mind blazingly similar to those cute animated programs by now. Yet, as I
drive to work day after day in my 1988 pimptastic Chevy Astro Van, those predictions
seem to lack a little more each day. Don’t get me wrong, I like my chick
magnet of a ride, but it doesn’t exactly travel at light speed.
Make no mistake, we have made quite a few leaps in areas like computers as well
as medicine, though we must have missed the ball on the rest. I’m not saying
we should become any lazier a species than we are capable of, I just wonder if
we could speed up on areas like long distance travel.
Ok, so deep space travel with the current presidential administration is as likely
as liquor by the drink in every Bible belt town, but can’t we pick it up
on at least vacations? I’m still waiting for my car with a fully automatic
navigation system and auto pilot so I can play board games at a table in the back
with friends/family instead of biting my nails each time I get on the interstate.
Sure, the robotic shaving thing on a bumpy road might have a few glitches like
decapitation, but we’ll just replace that with a smoothie dispenser.
Then again, we could just have the deep space technology without the travel to
other planets working for earthly purposes. Yes, I don’t recommend we make
ourselves into asphalt pâté by making the speed limit several thousand
miles per hour, yet science fiction movies show us it can be instantaneous.
Ask any Trekkie or Star Gate fanatic who still lives with his mother to explain
the whole rush from point a to point b technology and pretty soon it sounds like
the most fantastic way to take a break from the open road (or cramped airplane
cabin). We don’t have to remove the road trip entirely, but as any elder
member of crotchety anonymous will tell you, it’s hard on them bones to
go much further than the closest buffet line. That 10 hour trip to my in-laws
feels so much less exhausting at the mere thought.
However, saving up for such options on my wages would probably take me until the
next millennium. There’s also no way I want the government regulating a
method of transport that sends me via several billion molecules.
I suppose that leaves me just about where I started this article, dreaming of
those promises unfulfilled. It makes me wonder though if I could set a precedent
by suing the entertainment conglomerates for childhood compensation. Then at least
I could afford a ride into orbit with the Russians.
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