In final week’s column I wrote in regards to the evolution of tv and the half that know-how has performed in permitting me to observe sports activities of every kind. In 1958 I used to be thrilled to have the ability to watch one baseball sport of the week on a 13 inch black and white tv. Right now if I’ve the monetary sources I can watch nearly each single sporting occasion on this planet, together with my private favourite, corn gap, on a flat display screen tv the dimensions of a storage door. Boy, now that’s progress, or is it?
You is likely to be shocked to study that I used to be really in on the introduction of the pc to Tehama County. In 1964 at age 19, Bruce Sale and I had been janitors on the Diamond Worldwide Company Workplaces situated on Diamond Avenue.
I’m not positive why however together with clerical employees, Cherry Smith Mealer, Helen Robson, Plant Comptroller C.C. “Pink” Caylor and Plant President, Invoice Jones, Bruce and I attended a weekend seminar the place we obtained the lowdown on a model new wiz bang laptop greater than a journey trailer. That sucker spit out one punch card after one other and sure failed to supply the quantity of data contained on the only iPhone I carry at present.
Each Bruce and I mastered that class far faster than each Diamond consultant within the class together with the Large Wheels of the corporate. At the very least that’s the best way I keep in mind it.
After I when to work on the probation division in 1968 we had been nonetheless utilizing guide typewriters together with a behemoth trying copy machine that needed to be fed one web page at a time utilizing carbon paper. This course of required an worker to face and shuffle paper all day lengthy as making ready copies for courtroom proceedings is why we existed.
I can nonetheless keep in mind once we acquired our first built-in cellphone system within the late ’70s, permitting every officer to have his personal line. Just a few years later we had been ready so as to add an answering machine element to our system.
It was within the early ’90s earlier than we acquired our first computer systems. We used them primarily as phrase processors. Within the late ’90s I went to work for the California Board of Corrections and it was there that I discovered what a very built-in data system might really do.
The very first cellular phone was launched in 1976. Large and hulking, it provided little to the world aside from the utility of having the ability to lug it round out doorways. It was 1992 when IBM rolled out the smartphone that modified your world and my world without end. Right now 77% of all People personal a smartphone and 95% personal a cellular phone of 1 type or one other.
Whereas rising up in “Mayberry” I knew little and cared much less about what was occurring within the outdoors world. My two-channel tv barely coated the information of the day within the North State and Walter Cronkite and most well-liked to report the information quite than make it. My present tv package deal provides greater than 450 stations masking something, and every little thing apart from the Giants, Warriors and Kings, however don’t get me began.
Just a few years again I had the misfortune of fainting on a cruise ship. Whereas quarantined to my cabin for 72 hours my solely exercise was to look at the information of the day on the one two stations provided, Fox Information and CNN. Whereas the subject material was typically the identical the variations provided by the appropriate leaning station by no means matched the leftist model of the identical story.
Whereas tv commonly provides up-to-the-minute, albeit politically slanted variations of the identical set of information it’s my opinion that social media platforms are in truth much more dangerous to society than the propaganda provided across the clock by Fox Information and CNN.
A have a look at the highest 15 social media platforms on this planet consists of Fb, You Tube, What’s App, Fb Messenger, We Chat (China), Instagram, Tik Tok (China). QQ (China), Sine Net (China), Zone (China) Reddit, Kuhishou (China), Snap Chat, Pinterest and Twitter. We’ve come alongside manner for the reason that solely solution to talk was through a three-party phone line.
For my part essentially the most harmful social media device has been and continues to be Fb. At present greater than 2.8 billion individuals observe Fb with 2.5 billion logging in each single day.
When you’ve got sufficient time in your palms you might be allowed to have a many as 5,000 Fb “buddies.” Who, aside from John Growney, even has 5,000 buddies? I’ve obtained 4 and I don’t even like three of them.
I principally use the wasted time I spend on Fb every day to make what I feel are witty feedback concerning posts made by others. I typically want joyful birthday to others though I actually don’t care about their birthday. I even sometimes hit the applause emoji when somebody experiences his or her 8-year-old grandchild lastly made a poo poo in the bathroom. What I don’t do is discuss politics.
Up till a decade or so in the past politics was principally one thing mentioned on a one to 1 or small group foundation. Right now for some cause past my comprehension women and men who’re in any other case shiny, succesful, contributing members of their neighborhood really feel compelled to make use of Fb as a platform to share their revulsion for individuals who don’t share their political beliefs. Simply because we don’t share the identical view of the world doesn’t imply you might be mechanically proper or I’m mechanically improper. It means we imagine what we imagine and that’s all it means.
Imagine what you imagine however please don’t look down at me for what I imagine. Please don’t insult me as a result of I maintain opinions that differ from yours. We’re buddies for God’s sake. Oh by the best way, congratulations in your grandchild making a poo poo in the bathroom for the very first time.
Invoice Cornelius is a life lengthy resident of Pink Bluff, a retired Chief Probation Officer, a champion of the State Theatre and an distinctive athlete. He will be reached at [email protected]