Monday, June 9, 2008

I heart Google

As much as I love Google and Googling everything under the sun, I can't help but feel it has spoiled us:
Having a discussion with a friend on which subway system is the world's oldest? Google it!
Feeling a pain in your stomach but don't need to see a doctor? Google it!
Want the lyrics to your new favorite song? Google it!
I can't help but feel nostalgic for the days when we used to sit and listen to cassette tapes over and over again, trying to decipher the lyrics to our favorite songs. I spent hours doing this as a teen- play, rewind, listen, write, play, rewind, listen, write. It was a serious hobby in my circle of friends, and as frustrating as it could be, it was such an enormous satisfaction when we finally managed to transcribe the entire song! It made our favorite songs all the more special because we'd toiled away for hours to understand the lyrics. Nowadays we just type in the name of the song and Google does the work for us- instant gratification...

5 comments:

Ms. Violetta said...

I agree with you. I still remember sitting patiently by my tape recorder so that I could record my favourite song from the radio. I'd get so upset when the broadcaster would be speaking during the intro of the song! I find myself saying things like my parents did - I remember when I was a kid....

Romerican said...

Ms Violetta,
Yep, I remember doing that too! I think I may actually still have some of those precious tapes at my mom's house...

Delina said...

I heart Google too. Speed googling can make you seem more intelligent than you are too :) I.e if you're on the phone and need to know something you don't, just Google it and suddenly you're an expert.

Anonymous said...

"Is Google making us Stoopid?" http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200807/google
"the Atlantic" had this article on the cover, and it grabbed my attention at the newsstand.
The cover:
http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/i/bto/20080609/Google_Stupid_200x269.jpg

The Fury said...

I remember those days..Wow, I forgot how sore my fingers got from pressing play and pause so many times.