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DBD 5/24/2013 - This is the Modern World

Not the classic song by the Jam, even though that's a good place to start any Friday morning - you can view it here, if you were wondering.

Rather, because I'm middle aged I've been awake for some time already and was mulling over how casually amazing some parts of daily life are - at least in white collar America. For example the aged parents are en route to their retirement cave in the Coachella Valley - thanks to Google street view, we already know what their place looks like, thanks to Facebook I know where my mother was drinking maragaritas last night (did I need to know? Separate question), and thanks to the humble text message I even received location / condition information from my father while he was en route (unheard of!!)

Mind you, for them, and for me, there's still a degree of novelty that goes along with all this. The missus and I went to a bat mitzvah a few weeks ago for a friend's daughter. The celebrant was particularly excited because her bestie was there - no big deal ordinarily, but her bestie had moved home to Copenhagen 2 years ago. They've been in touch ever since via email and Skype and whatever, and her bestie's mother was able to swing reasonable tickets for a long weekend in the DC burbs. And that, for them, isn't unusual.

It blows my mind that for my kids, an international phone call is no further away than my cell phone, that seeing family overseas is no harder than agreeing on a time to get on skype, and that they can reasonably expect to periodically just get on a plane and go places. When I think back to first arriving in the States and calling "home" only on Christmas and New Years because it was $1 a minute (!) and you had to try to get a line for hours, and the effort that my parents went to in order to be able to manage a trip to see family every other year, I'm struck by how technology has taken the friction out of so many activities. We certainly weren't scraping to get by, but these sort of activities were a big deal. Not so much now.

It doesn't change the fact that what I'm describing as every day life is unimaginable for huge swathes of people in this country, never mind the rest of the world, or that we seem, as a society, to be determined to screw up the basics that got us here, but as long as you don't fixate on those kinds of details, it's an amazing time, technologically speaking. And when you're about to get too precious about that, you can walk outside, and breath some spring air*, and look at the world around you, and that's pretty damn amazing as well.

*This is not recommended for LeonPowe for health and safety reasons.

The opinions expressed in a FanPost are, in every way, reflective of the opinions of every California Golden Blogs Marshawnthusiast. Moreover, they are reflective of every employee of SBNation, including Tyler "Blez" Bleszinski.

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