Though it doesn’t really feel very “merry”, does it?
I’ve noticed that my attitude towards this season of festivity has become radically different from what I used to experience. Though I can’t say the same for everyone, I can clearly sense the utter lack of merriment and gaiety in the atmosphere. Even in the municipality where I live, there is a distinct lack of Christmas parols, decorated lamp posts, and all sorts of other stuff. Some malls don’t even have much decoration, save for a couple of shops with random crap for sale. In any case, the Christmas spirit seems to be dying in most parts here.
Perhaps commercialism is to blame for all this? Maybe the emphasis on buying crap to give people has taken priority over the people themselves? In this foolish man’s opinion, computers may have had a hand in the loss of Christmas joy.
Why do I say this? Have I turned insane? Well, admittedly, computers (combined with the internet) have made the world much smaller; no need to send crappy handwritten letters which take weeks to months to deliver, now one can send dissertation-length discourses in a matter of seconds. Modern computing technology has created intercontinental social networks, creating networks that circle the globe. “But if they make the world so much smaller, how do they keep us apart from others?”, you ask? For the same reason that they keep us connected with other people, ones with similar interests and hobbies, it makes us more distant from our own family and friends who don’t see the point in buying plastic statues of half-naked women. We become jaded, after all the idiocy, the insults, and especially the immoral crap that one experiences every second or so on the internet (no thanks to 4chan), which in turn, affects us in many ways. In my case, I’ve become a whole lot less open with my parents and a whole lot more irritable too.
Now I’m not really saying computers are bad. In fact, they’re one of the greatest inventions of modern man, and I love these things to death. What I am saying, through this poorly written, horribly cliche essay, if I may call it such, is that we need to step away from our computers for just a tad bit and spend time interacting with the people whose faces we really know, and not arguing with some random /b/tard on IRC. Computers are always going to be here, but our familes won’t. The internet is always on 24/7, but Christmas only comes once a year. Spend this time doing something more worthwhile with your loved ones.
And remember, Merry Christmas!
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