It was my birthday this weekend and I got one of these new-fangled devices: The I POD. I know I am super late on this, but hey I grew up in a household that only got rid of its wood-paneled answering machine within the last 5 years, so I have always been more than a little slow on these things, ask anyone. Despite the existence of this blog, I am not a huge fan of technology.
So, the I Pod.
I drive a car that's from 1993. It has its original stereo, a tape deck. At the suggestion of other more technologically inclined folks in my life, I've tried getting CDs to play in there with the whole tape-to-CD Walkman contraption, to no avail. I resigned myself to listening to tapes and the radio, and had given up hope on anything else. When it was suggested to me to try an I Pod, I scoffed in said suggestor's face. I didn't even want to give it a go. But I was eventually convinced and to my amazement, the suggestor's I Pod WORKED....I realized I could listen to ANYTHING I WANTED IN MY CAR! But I STILL didn't want to cave and get an I Pod. Technology, you see. It scares me. Like I said, I just am not a fan. Too complicated.
Also, I am kind of old skool in general. I like to play records. I consider records a superior way to "take" my music. It sounds the best. I know that sounds maybe snobby, but I truly believe it. I like to see artwork. I like to see liner notes. I like to feel and smell and see all of it together....I guess what I am saying is that at its best music is a sensual experience for me. The idea of this little computer holding all of that seems kind of cold and most definitely uninviting.
I don't want to be that person blasting their I Pod at the train station, oblivious to anything around them. I like to stay connected to what is happening, I don't like watching those kinds of people.
I don't enjoy the I Pod ad campaign, assaulting my eyes from different billboards everywhere I go with its ultra modernity, screamingly bright colors and irritatingly excited I Pod users.
Yes, I am perhaps a tad bit judgmental. (Maybe more than a tad?) But hey, obviously from this entire post it's plain to see what a hypocrite I am....
I even despise the word: I Pod. Pod. Ew.
But still, witnessing that I Pod sending epic music through my crappy car speakers that had never been there before, a tiny flame must have suddenly been lit in the back of my brain, because when I really thought about it: Hell, with one little tiny computerized device, I could potentially listen to ANYTHING I WANT--- IN MY CAR! Mind over matter at last.
So, to get back to what I began with, what do you know, for my birthday I get an I Pod of my very own. It was even pre-loaded with a bunch of CDs that I love. I have not yet had the pleasure of using it, but I already know this will be life-altering. The freedom of it staggers me to even think about. My brain may explode.
I'll let you all know how it goes. Will I ever forgive myself for such blatant hypocrisy? Will the technology get the best of me? Can I truly learn to let go of my stubborn assumptions and just let myself enjoy this gross yet grossly enjoyable technology?
Anyone have any thoughts or strong feelings about I Pods and how they have changed the way we "take" our music?