Posted on June 19, 2008
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I’ve picked on Robert Scoble quite a bit because I think he embodies all that is wrong with Web 2.0. Not only does he epitomize the “technology for technology’s sake” philosophy so prevalent in Web 2.0, he’s simply out of touch with reality as a whole.
Up until now, this has been good for some amusement.
But through a trackback from the MarCom Writer Blog, I stumbled upon a Scoble post that contained something really disturbing.
In response to an email asking him why he wastes so much time with Web 2.0 services and technology gadets, Scoble wrote:
Lately I’ve been asking myself a lot of similar questions that Bob has been asking me.
“Is it better to just take the night off and watch some TV instead of trying out that new Windows Mobile Smart Phone that arrived?”
“Is it better to change Milan’s diapers or answer another email?”
“Is it better to go have a nice glass of wine down at the Ritz or open up Twitter to see if it’s up again?”
“Should I start reviewing some Facebook applications or should I go for a walk?”
Note the bolded question, “Is it better to change Milan’s diapers or answer another email?”
Scoble has to ask himself whether he should let his child fester in shit or respond to another email?
I could probably write an extensive rant about this but it’s not worth it because it doesn’t take an incredibly perceptive person to figure out that any individual who has to ask himself whether caring for his child should come before his email has more than a productivity problem - he has a serious prioritization problem and an addiction.
The saddest thing about Scoble’s post is not that he would actually post something so utterly despicable without apparently realizing how horrible it makes him look as a parent. It’s that of the more that 100 commenters who participated in the “conversation,” only Dianna Huff of the MarCom Writer Blog called him on this question and only one pointed out that Scoble’s perspective is indicative more of “obsession” than anything else.
I can’t help but wonder what type of futures children raised by technology addicts face. Are they really any better than the futures of children whose parents are addicted to something else?
I simply pray that the majority of these “first adopters” are too busy wasting time on the Internet to have sex so that we don’t have to find out.
In that sense, if Twitter et. al. can serve as a form of indirect contraception, Web 2.0 may be more important to humanity than I ever believed possible.Print This Post