My Love / Hate Relationship With Technology

September 15, 2009 at 9:24 am 19 comments

Every once in a while I have a semi-meltdown. I wonder if I was born in the wrong decade. I can’t set up a television, I have no idea how to fix a computer, and any phone that does not belong to me looks extremely intimidating. In fact, I got reprimanded just yesterday for saying the sentence, “When that comes to video, we are going to buy it and watch it.” Apparently that’s not hip. Movies don’t come to video anymore. They come to DVD. And pretty soon, they’ll probably come to Blu-Ray. (Although I think we should all join together and make a decision not to support Blu-Ray so we don’t have to start all over with our movie collections.) I don’t think I’ll ever say, “When that movie comes to Blu-Ray.” I just can’t do that. What is a blu-ray anyway?? Where will that plug in? Why is it any different than my DVD player?

In short, technology scares me. Says the blogger. Ironic? A little bit.

Last night at Bible Study we realized that the entire group of us was lacking in know-how when it came to playing our DVD. Someone had kindly taped instructions to the television so that we could figure it out. Someone’s instructions didn’t tell us what to do if that didn’t work. So we listened to our DVD. We stared at a screen that counted the minutes and listened to Laurie Cole talk. Next week we will recruit some men to help us. Or some ten year olds.

For the most part, I dislike advanced technology. But every now and then I get excited about something. Like blogging. I love blogging. I love that I can come to a blank screen whenever I feel like it and I can tap tap tap until I have something that resembles something of a cohesive thought and then push one button and it’s thrown out into cyber space. And you can read it. And then you can tell me what you think about it. That’s just cool. When I think about all the people I’ve “met” through blogging, it fascinates me.

On Sunday night I had a moment where I just smiled at my computer and was in awe of what the world has come to. I was watching Design Star on HGTV. I had my computer on in front of me and was checking my email, facebook, blogs, etcetera. At one point I refreshed facebook and about 9 new statuses came up that said something along the lines of “Wow Kanye. What a jerk.” I knew the VMAs were on and I knew that Kanye West was an idiot, so I figured he said something controversial like “Bush hates black people” or something else along those lines.

I needed to know what happened. I went to a few entertainment sites to see if anyone had posted a story yet. Nothing. I refreshed facebook again. More Kanye statuses. But one said something like “Poor Taylor Swift… and I don’t even like Taylor Swift.” So I went to YouTube. I typed in “Kanye West Taylor Swift VMAs” and there is was. Already. A clip of Taylor Swift going on stage to accept her award and Kanye West taking the mic from her to tell Beyonce that she should have won. I’m not going to give you my opinion on the matter, I think you know it already. My point is how crazy it is that I was able to find the answer to my question almost instantly. I was able to learn that I even had a question about 5 seconds after the incident happened.

That is just amazing. By this time my show was over. I turned to MTV to watch the end of the show. Which, by the way, was pretty entertaining. (And I think I should confess that I cried a bit when Beyonce got up to accept her award and said she’d like Taylor to come back up and have her moment. I’m not pregnant or PMSing. I’m really that ridiculous.)

So there I was sitting on the couch. I had just finished watching a reality show that would make one person’s dreams come true and was now watching an awards show based on music videos. I watched reruns of that show on my computer a few minutes after they were seen on television. And I was blogging. All at once. At that moment, I loved technology.

Then I went to work on Monday and started listening to Pandora. I love that site. I had worked hard to make a few radio stations that I can keep on during work. Things that don’t annoy me, don’t embarrass me when people come into my office (like Britney would). So there I was, listening to my custom station when it stopped. This happens every few hours. They want to make sure I’m still listening. I went to that window to click on the button that says that I’m still listening but that button wasn’t there. Instead was a screen that told me that my time had run out and I needed to pay to keep listening. Pay? For Pandora? Are you freaking kidding me? They’ve drawn me in and gotten me addicted. I can’t function without my stations. And now all of a sudden after years of being a free site, they want to charge me??

No sir! I will not pay. I am Chelsea, the hater of technology. I don’t need you. You are nothing to me. I hate you. Pandora. DVDs. Cords. Buttons. Applications. Electricity. Well, maybe not electricity. But the rest of technology, I hate you.

But the blogging must go on.

*Just a kind reminder that The Biggest Loser starts tonight. Don’t miss it!! Please, nobody text message me. I will be watching it after my meeting on DVR.

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  • 1. mbowman7  |  September 15, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Thanks for the update….Now I have to go check out the Kanye and Taylor thing on you tube. And I have never even heard of Pandora maybe I should check that out too. But not if they are gonna charge me… Thats crummy.

  • 2. osarah  |  September 15, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Are you serious? You have to pay to use Pandora now? Last weekend we were listening to it and an ad came on. We groaned as we realized the end to our uninterrupted custom radio station was upon us, but I didn’t know we were going to have to pay. Yuck.

    Also, we watched Design Star at lunch. Good show. Then again, I love almost anything on HGTV.

    Poor Taylor Swift… and I don’t even like Taylor Swift.
    I don’t remember who said that one, but that’s the status update that caught my attention when I got up yesterday morning. I, too, went searching for an answer. I also found a subsequent news story of Kanye on Jay Leno’s new show last night. At least Kanye is sorry…? (But before this whole incident, I had no idea what a jerk he’d become.)

  • 3. Sarah  |  September 15, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Um if it makes you feel any better, I can hardly use the remote.

  • 4. Lyndsey  |  September 15, 2009 at 10:57 am

    You are an old soul my young friend.

    My fear is that technology is making a bit schizophrenic. I get really stir crazy during commericals when I watch TV in real time, and I have to check facebook in line at the grocery store!

  • 5. Lindsay  |  September 15, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Biggest Loser is on Tuesdays and I don’t get out of class till 10 on Tuesdays! UGHHHH

  • 6. osarah  |  September 15, 2009 at 11:47 am

    PS I checked Pandora and it still says free…are you sure that wasn’t an ad for a Pandora upgrade that you saw?

  • 7. Lindsay  |  September 15, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Also, there’s no Molly picture of the day on here. My withdraws are starting again.

  • 8. kelly  |  September 15, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    pandora now gives you 40 hrs free every month…after that, you have to pay or wait for the next month. booo. slacker makes you pay now too.

  • 9. Kathleen  |  September 15, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Yeah, you have to pay if you listen over 40 hours a month. It stinks if you listen to it all the time, but Pandora is still such an amazing site. Can you blame them, really?

  • 10. Samantha  |  September 15, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Mmm, yeah. Technology and I have a similiar relationship. Whenever my computer, TV, etc. won’t work, I usually just play with it until I get it to function the way I want. Which only means that when I “fix” it, I have no idea what I did.

    Enjoy The Biggest Loser tonight!

  • 11. Darla  |  September 15, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    I’m sorry but I am cracking up that y’all listened to a DVD while watching a blank screen. That stuff always happens to me.

    I am SO excited about BL tonight!!!

  • 12. Mandy L  |  September 15, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    I used to love Pandora, and was bound to tell even strangers about it way back before they even started checking to see if you were still listening… But it seems the more people know about something and start using it, the worse they become.

    I didn’t care for the “are you still listening” thing, but the thing that really made me quit Pandora was that they had advertising for the Plan B “morning after pill.” As I used to work for a pregnancy support center and am very adamantly against anything even closely related to abortion, I emailed them and voiced my protest even though that is something I never do. As you can imagine, they said what everyone always does. Without advertising, you don’t get free music. “Duh,” but they could still choose advertising that isn’t so controversial. (Sorry for the rant, but it really upset me). Knowing now that they are limiting how long you can listen for free just makes me like them that much less.

  • 13. rachelheather  |  September 15, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Because I still love Pandora, I do want to say that sites like that generally don’t actually make any money. Before they added the “are you still listening?” and the ability to pay for an upgraded version, they were in danger of ceasing to exist because of the royalties. Every time they play a song they have to pay royalties on it, so more people listening actually means they pay more rather than make more. There are plenty of companies out there doing much worse to make a few bucks.

    I do wish that they would be more choosy with their advertisers and totally understand not using the site for that reason, though.

  • 14. Jill  |  September 15, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    I had no idea you now had to pay money for listening to Pandora (well, after an extended period of time). I guess it was bound to happen…boo 😦

    Anyway, I love technology but sometimes hate how it takes over my life…

    (and I’m currently trying to return to blogging–as in, I’m searching for suitable material)

  • 15. Ashley  |  September 15, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Pandora is charging now?! That’s horrible… I haven’t listened since I’ve been in an office.

    I’m not huge on technology either — the only cool thing my cell phone does is take pictures and not the good ones you’d post on a blog.

  • 16. DebbieQ  |  September 15, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Technology, the bane of my existence. Thank goodness for HHBL for without him I would not be able to set up anything on my computer.

    And here I sit, reading blogs, blogging AND watching The Biggest Loser. Excellent.

    AND….something went into the mail for you today.

  • 17. Debbie  |  September 16, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    i ADORE (d) Pandora….until this summer when I received a lovely email notification letting me know that after 40hours of playtime, I would be charged for the remaineder of the month to listen. WTF?! no thanks. once i hit my limit that’s it. no mas…..until the next month starts. this post reminded me of when kip sings “i love technology” from naploeon dynamite. 🙂

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  • 19. OllipopGoose  |  September 23, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    I think you should try I listen to it religiously. Though I’ve never used Pandora, myself, my husband does and from what I have seen – is MUCH better. All you have to do is type in in your address bar. You don’t have to pay, I’ve been using them for three years now, if not longer. It doesn’t have that “are you still listening” thing, either.

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