An editorial titled, "Library: place to study, not ringtone rave," in The News
Record Monday, expressed a considerable amount of angst toward people who blabb
on their cell phones in the library. After reading this I have three words of
advice to help people through these mucky, satellite-tower-prevailing times: get
Welcome to the Information Age my friends. This wave of noisy, portable gadgets
has likely only just begun in what is becoming a post-industrial society. Techno
gluttons take heed, this piece isn't even about to touch on the ever evolving
dimensions of cyberspace.
Oh no, come wade with me to the shallow end of the pond.
Cell phones aren't really a problem yet. People just need something to feel
irritated about. The main reason some people are annoyed by chronic cell phone
users and abusers is because they are talking on a phone.
If the person was having the same conversation with a person standing or sitting
next to them, no one would have any qualms about it.
It is time for everyone to begrudgingly accept that we live in a world where
people want to talk, and they want to talk now. Not in between class, not after
you leave the library, but n-o-w!
Because of this maddening impatience to communicate with people who we already
spend every hour with anyway, cell phone overuse is now a non-issue.
Manners are being questioned less and less when it comes to chatting away on a
cellular device while in places where communication via noisy electronics would
normally be prohibited.
I feel the burden of my fellow cell-phone evildoers. Defenders of silence, quit
waving your fists at us. It is just asking too much for us to disconnect
ourselves from our circle of wireless users for any amount of time.
Stubbornly, I declare the issue of only using cell phones where they are welcome
I have to take this stance because I am so guilty of every complaint in the
editorial. Talking on cell phone in the library while others are putting forth
their most diligent work efforts? Check.
Selfishly engaging in pre-adolescent banter on a cellular device? Chiz-eck.
Singing along to my Destiny's Child's "Soldier" ringtone? Priceless!
Come, my brothers and sisters who have ample daytime minutes remaining, let us
unite and take these self-righteous "please use portable technology in
moderation, as its overuse may exasperate others who are forced to share the
same environment as you" protesters head on.
Apparently, the arguments against cell phone gabbing are rude and only suggest
ill-advised actions and solutions. No irrefutable, or even agreeable, evidence
has been presented to substantiate or validate any of the points made.
But, I don't need logic, rationale or consideration because (insert heinously
wicked laughter here) my team is winning... one cell phone billing plan at a