‘Silly, Stupid, Sophomoric, and Even Dumb’
Today I sent a NY Times article to the Child (I do this kind of thing with annoying frequency.) Her reply? ‘Write a blog post about it.’ (She’s been urging me to get off my FB-trolling butt and do this Blog Thing for ages.) So, if you made it this far, you are reading the blog post. And if you’d like to go further, here is the article, subtitled ‘Surprising, Scandalous, Serious, Even Inspiring’:
But wait! Before you leave my first ‘real’ post, let me summarize. And editorialize. The article is about some cool new apps that do all kinds of tasks that you didn’t know needed to be done. One of them, Secret, according to the Times, ‘encourages airing information or feelings that might not otherwise be shared’.
Another, Whisper, lets you let the world know that you are feeling ‘lonely’ today. Or that you ‘stole the last piece of pie’.
Last, and perhaps least, is Random, which chooses ‘random’ articles for you to read based on a keyword you click. Even the Times thinks this one can ‘get a little tiresome’. Want more? Randid sends you random photo images. And my favorite? It’s got to be Godus. This app lets you ‘play God, managing the population of a strange world, sculpting the landscape around your worshippers…etc., etc.’ It’s ‘free and fascinating’.
What I find fascinating is all the smarts being used up on apps. In the Olden Days, all the best and brightest went into medicine (or law or politics, but don’t get me started). Now it seems that the Cream of the Ivy Crop is being skimmed for app design.
Which leads me to lutheranliar’s question for the day: does the world really need another app? True, there are some really useful ones (banking, travel, and yes, the New York Times) poised for action on my own home screen. And, yes, I have been known to channel my inner Alec Baldwin through Words with Friends.
But, to summarize as well as editorialize, let me say that I’d happily change my mind about the App Brain Drain if Ms./Mr. Recent MIT Grad came up with apps like Cure My Cancer or FluBeGone. Instead, what do we get? Yo*.
So, what do you think?
(Post above written August 14, 2014. Added bit below written today: March 9, 2015) —
As if all this weren’t brain-draining enough, this just in, also from the New York Times. A story about a new app called Yik Yak that allows people (students mostly) to share nasty remarks (racist, sexist, etc. etc.) with each other — anonymously. So said nasty stuff can’t be traced back to the remarker. Great! Nastiness without accountability!
Will wonders never cease? Not until parents stop paying tuition for kids ‘studying’ stuff like this. Sorry. Couldn’t help myself (!)
If you’re like-minded and would like to read more about my views on the Techie World, take a gander at ‘Daddy said “Don’t touch”‘. Thank you for letting me blow off some steam. Hmmm. Perhaps there’s a steam-blowing app in the works?
Amagansett, New York. August 2014