Maybe, he saw my subsequent post? Or maybe he’s still struggling to build a solo practice in a tough economy? Or perhaps he simply realized I was just another older guy with “No tech. cred. as young lawyer texts during lunch.”
A new essay this morning in the nations’ paper of record, adds to the too-wired-to-be-polite conversation, which was the substance of my earlier blogpost. But it seems that this latest essay is ultimately just another trifling shovelful atop the mountain of complaint over our being too tech-connected at the expense of authentic in-person interaction.
Unfortunately, it’s an insoluble continuing affliction. It’s beating down our rules of etiquette, especially as noted in the story, via e-rudeness on smartphones. The overview is provided by David Carr, “Keep Your Thumbs Still When I’m Talking to You” and was aptly subtitled, “Ahem! Are You Talking To Me? (or Texting?)” at the NYTimes.com.
It also made me inexplicably wonder, “How would the “Taxi Driver” scene immortalized by De Niro’s “You talkin’ to me?” as Travis Bickle play out today?” Would Bickle maniacally stare at his Android instead of his mirror? Would he point a Blackberry instead of a sleeve gun?
Carrying around a smartphone all the time is as reliable a marker as it gets for incipient rudeness. However, I don’t see anything changing in the future. Live-Tweeting will continue and so will texting while supposedly listening to the person in front of you. And research studies will continue to identify the reasons. It’s about “Facebook, self-esteem and aspiring to die in your own arms.”