Electronic Dope


Victor Davis Hanson:

Finally, technology is bifurcating us as well. Smartphones, the Internet, video games, iPads — the whole technological inventory indispensable even to the welfare recipient — have discouraged the age-old idea of self-improvement. Advancement was always predicated on greater education and experience. Reading literature, mastering grammar and syntax, improved diction, training the mind for such mental gymnastics — all that is antithetical to communicating at the speed of light on Facebook and Twitter, to announce each minute while walking, driving or talking, “Whatsup?” “I’m OK, you?” and other critical exchanges of knowledge. Sending a picture of yourself driving has turned the inane into the essential, and something great and noble was lost in that bargain. Sometimes danger follows — like yesterday when a 16-wheeler on the 99 swerved in and out of the left lane, while the driver was texting vital commentary on Dante’s Inferno or a new insight on the Federalist Papers.

The underclass is hooked on electronic dope. They are not fracking or building houses. And they are not on idle evenings scanning the Internet to discover what Venice looks like or to learn the etymology of democracy or even to learn how to tile or do wiring, at least not normally. Instead it is a sort of addiction to images, graphics, and the sheer speed of communicating. How can you advise a youth that improving his computing skills, his language, his demeanor, and his work ethic is essential to social mobility and the general collective tranquility and stability of society, when you are competing against Grand Theft Auto and Tweets, or, for that matter, the therapeutic industry reassuring the unemployed that someone somewhere did this to him?

Once upon a time I mistakenly believed that new technologies would force people to become literate in order to participate in them. Instead we have millions of Rachel Jeantels communicating with each other in a written pidgin English called “texting”.

I don’t own a smartphone. I don’t even own a dumbphone. If I leave the house I am cut-off from communicating electronically. When I tell people I don’t own a cell phone they think I’m lying and just don’t want to give them the number.

I don’t play games. I have never owned a video game console. I bought my sons a Nintendo back in the 80’s and played it a few times but never made it past the first few levels of Super Mario Brothers. I don’t play online games either.

But I’m still hooked on electronic dope. I’m getting my fix right now. If you take away my cheap-ass eMachine desktop for a few hours I start to suffer withdrawal anxiety.

Now if you will excuse me, I need to check out Twitter.

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109 Responses to Electronic Dope

  1. The Klown says:


    A White House spokesman last night strongly denied an Israeli report that the United States and Iran had been holding secret talks for over a year before the recent rapprochment between the two countries.

    “Those rumors are absolutely, 100 percent false,” said Bernadette Meehan, in response to a report that was aired by Israel’s Channel 10 TV on Sunday night.

    According to the report, the U.S. team was said to have been led by President Barack Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, whose interlocutor, the report said, was the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi.

    The report, which relied on unnamed senior Israeli officials, said Israel was annoyed that Washington had not been keeping Jerusalem abreast of the content and progress of the negotiations, which were said to be taking place in various Gulf States.

    “Those rumors are absolutely, 100 percent false” is Obamaspeak for “True”.

    • Lulu says:

      Valarie Jarrett is the center of all incompetence. How does such a scuzzy creature lead talks like this? A professional slumlord as diplomat is so typical of Chicago. I am fairly sure she is at the center of the Obamacare website crooked contracts too. All trails lead to this pea brain Obama (both Mr and Mrs) ego massager. Are the Iranians paying her? My guess is yes. The Israeli’s are on the march and are going to leak it all. Valerie Rasputin, vacuous cipher, talking to nuclear scientists. LOL.

      • erica says:

        Unfortunately, the size of her brain and her level of competence are totally irrelevant in the 0 administration. Nor does that matter to Iran, I’d guess. If she has power and is on their side, it’s all good for them and bad for Israel. The way 0 deals in the ME is very disturbing to me, and I think Jarret is instrumental in it. I hope you’re right that Israel will leak all, if that is advantageous to them. 0 said way back that if push came to shove, he’d side with the Muslims. That comment may have pertained to something other than Israel at the time he said it, but by his actions, I’d say he shows that it applies across the board.

  2. DandyTIger says:

    Come on. The first one is free. Everyone is doing it. {{You’re friendly neighborhood app pusher}}

  3. Lulu says:

    Obamacare is on life support. The worst fiasco in the history of the country will be repealed sometime next year I think. It is a complete fail. Congressional Democrat had a massive brain fart to pass the shit. I watched Nancy Pelosi have a nervous breakdown on one of the talkie-heads shows yesterday. She has no idea what was in the bill and does not understand what insurance is much less health insurance. I would suggest she not run for re-election. Hang it up Nancy and go home and drink. http://www.nationaljournal.com//against-the-grain/why-obamacare-is-on-life-support-20131118

  4. DandyTIger says:

    My Obot friends are pushing around stories about how all the problems of the ocare website are, wait for it, evil republican hackers fault. And they have proof!!!! Yeah, it’s gotten that sad and pathetic.

    • Lulu says:

      Their heads should explode when they see the crony contracts that cost zillions to set the crap site up so it doesn’t work. It is so bad it can’t even be hacked.

  5. fernschild says:

    I think you can use your devices are intelligently as your family teaches you to. My kids didn’t go nuts over t.v. because it was rationed. No phone calls after a set hour, either. The grands aren’t constantly on Facetime or Instagram, they are into sports and after school activities. One grand-daughter goes to school online, in grade 8 in FL doing home school that way. And we’re using YouTube tutorials to make the Rainbow Loom and paracord bracelets. The technology isn’t the problem. It’s how you look at “stuff”. You own it, it should not own you.

    • Lulu says:

      Technology is tools. Why people think it is magic I don’t understand. It just an advanced tool that requires training and practice to become adept at its use. Like a needle, slide rule, or a chain saw it has its uses but does not replace our brains. If you like learning stuff online I suggest Craftsy dot com which teaches all kinds of creative skills. And I agree with you that children AND adults should limit their time with any passive “time eaters”.

      • fernschild says:

        Craftsy is great but we’re forced to be frugal so I think that’ll be reserved for those of us with the means and time to get in-depth instruction. Right now, I help all the daughters find things for the grands to do that are fun and stretch their brains a little. We also, having lived in the Bermuda Triangle for a couple of decades, value the internet and online info much more than if we’d lived in the States all our lives. If you don’t have access to libraries, you sure want to look things up on the ‘puter. And that’s probably why we’re more intentional with electronics, because we lived with a generator for electricity, no phone or satellite dish, and had to make our own fun. The idea that you can have a computer at home, a little gizmo in your hand that lets you say “hey” to your cousin back in the Bahamas every day during home school break, Netflix if you have some time to just chill out…to us, it’s kinda like magic.

  6. mcnorman says:

    I have a brand new smartphone. I don’t like it. It yells at me. Then again, I use it for work so I suppose it is suppose to yell at me.

    At night, it goes into time out inside a drawer.

    • elliesmom says:

      I have a stupid phone that lives in my glove compartment. My children insist it needs to be there because, “while I’m not old yet, I’m not as young as I used to be.” I did use it once to call AAA when I got a flat tire, but a nice young fella helped me change my tire before they got there. I jacked the car up myself, but I needed him to loosen the lug nuts for me. The phone is pay as you go so it’s cheap, and it makes the kids worry less, but not really something I would miss.

      • That’s the kind of phone I’ve given my disabled sister. Got the cost down to under $50 per annum. Using the red checkmark network. She never uses all her available time.

        • mcnorman says:

          The biggest problem that I see with these phones is that where I live, there are areas where only a satellite phone works. It’s hard to pay for that as an emergency only phone.

      • mcnorman says:

        A phone is what you make of it. I love to use this phone for work, but when I am not working…it goes into a drawer.

        I have to say that it has been a godsend when I have to photograph an accident. My kid got hit and the phone pics proved that she didn’t cause the accident.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Speaking of Dopes, what is a Humanist? Are they right or left wing nuts? The war on charity has begun …… because it’s like bribing children ? The big bullies pick on a small school who can’t afford the legal bills. What next, Toys For Tots is bribery to join the Marines?


  8. ProudMilitaryMom says:

    If you want to see an example of this- take a look at the exchange I had with one of my young friends on FB this morning. This kid is pretty ‘smart” regarding technology- but couldn’t figure out how to use it to research Obama. I SWEAR TO GOD when I was suggesting he google things like Penny Prisker, Evelyn Pringle, Rezko and Exelon- he told me it needed super encryption cuz it was “classified”
    Uhm ok.
    When I provided two simple links, he came back with some bs about wanting to see internal memos and DoD stuff. I messaged him he should read wikileaks then.
    The conversation started believe it or not over a graphic I posted about I would rather drink the tea than the cool-aid.
    He declared the expression “koolaid” is racist.
    I had to tutor him on Jim Jones.
    Kill me now.

    • piper says:

      But they’re the smartest ones who can never admit they made a mistake because they’re special snowflakes. There’s only one viewpoint or opinion and its their’s.

      • Lulu says:

        Social pressure and group think are ways that political parties control people. Obama-mania is very restrictive in what is allowed and is very cult-like. There is a lot of freaking out going on over Bronco’s implosion. They are having a lot of trouble seeing him as an incompetent malicious liar. It was all supposed to be nirvana because if they only wished it hard enough it would happen. It is like Santa Claus didn’t come. Wah!

    • Lulu says:

      They don’t teach and actively discourage critical thinking now. The good news is that they can’t beat it out of all of the kids. My two youngest now adult children informed me recently they may might become Conservatives! Horrors!!! I told them don’t worry. They will probably wind up being moderates which means they think for themselves and are not purists but practical.

      • The Klown says:

        Do they even teach debate anymore? When I was in school they divided the class up into teams of three and then we had to pick from a list of controversies – we had to be “pro” or “con” for that issue.

        We spent some time in the library (Readers Guide To Periodical Literature) to do research and then we held debates. The teacher picked topics like abortion and the death penalty that had been in the news so we were sure to find articles.

        Each side had to do an argument and a rebuttal.

        • Lulu says:

          There is a debate club at the local high school where I live but I don’t know if there is a class. My kids never took it because they were born arguing. We had debates in civics when I was in high school and it was fun. I always got matched up with this asshole who is now a proctologist or urologist or something. He always had food stuck in his braces. LOL.

        • First time a girl told me she “hated” me was in HS debate class. I was being an arrogant snot, so she had a point.

        • elliesmom says:

          I did a project with my 8th graders about the controversy surrounding damming up an imaginary river. Each kid was assigned a “stakeholder” role of someone affected by the dam, homeowner, pulp plant manager, public works and power plant manager, vacation home developer, etc. After each of them spent time researching how damming the river would affect them or their business interest, the “governor” held public hearings. Then we would take a vote about whether to build the dam or not. The kids made signs and buttons and really got into to it. But the thing that bothered them the most is the class was not deliberately evenly divided pro and con. And different kids with the same role didn’t always take the same side. Funny that, huh? My principal wasn’t happy with the project because it was “too noisy”. Funny that, too.

        • erica says:

          That sounds like a great project, Ellie’s Mom. Way to make them think.

    • Anything is Racist if “they” can’t deal with it.

  9. The Klown says:
  10. DeniseVB says:

    Fox News is second of ALL cable networks for ratings. ESPN is first.


    Does CNN and MSNBC know what they’re doing wrong yet?

    • Lulu says:

      If you are cool and edgey you don’t have a big following they tell themselves as they go broke. It happens in retail and restaurants all the time. Eventually they go away and some even come to realize that they suck.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I miss the old CNN Headline News where news, weather and sports looped and updated every 15 minutes. Now it’s all stretched out in 1-2 hour shows on all the cable news channels.

  11. The Klown says:
  12. VDH nails it (again). Until one’s vision deteriorates smartphones and tablets are cool tools, but big compensating monitors for PCs are financially out-a-sight, so it’s a problem. Dora the Explorer, though fun to share with the Boss of the World, does not scintillating intellectual stimulation make.

  13. driguana says:

    Was talking to some staunch, supposedly well-informed Democrat friends over the week-end and I brought up something about Valerie Jarrett. they said they had never heard of her….wonder why?

  14. votermom says:

    The barack obama twitter account was tweeting needlepoint obamacare holiday ideas LOL

  15. SHV says:

    “on idle evenings scanning the Internet to discover what Venice looks like or to learn the etymology of democracy or even to learn how to tile or do wiring, at least not normally. ”
    That’s what I do when the wife and cats are sleeping….last night it was YouTubes on installing wrought iron balusters and replacing newel posts.

  16. helenk3 says:

    stolen from a commenter at No Quarter

    coffee the obamacare way

  17. helenk3 says:

    Just watched the liftoff of the rocker to Mars. maybe it is because when I was a kid that was science fiction that I still get awed every time.
    just imagine what my grandkids and great grandkids are going to see in their lifetimes

  18. The Klown says:
  19. The Klown says:

    The cop that shoots at the van should be fired.

  20. The Klown says:
    • r u reddy says:

      IF! the global is warming, and IF! manmade carbon release is warming it; then mitigation and adaptation will fail to keep pace with
      a further-warming earth climate system. Because if we mitigate to a future target we anticipate, and continue skydumping carbon; then the target we think we are mitigating towards will keep advancing and we will keep trying to catch up to the receding target.

    • DandyTIger says:

      It’s too late according to their own projections. Party time!!!

  21. SHV says:

    “The cop that shoots at the van should be fired”

  22. driguana says:

    all that technology and….

  23. westcoaster says:

    The Obamacare Disaster and the Poison of Party Loyalty (another PUMA is born):

  24. underwhelmed says:

    Bashir has apologised. It seems sincere but I guess the proof of the pudding will be if he pulls his head in for good. Of course, it does beg the question as to why he thought that stuff was okay to say in the first place.

  25. DandyTIger says:

    After politico push a few pieces criticizing Obama, a number of Obots are saying politico is a right-wing outlet. Kool-aid is a hellofa drug.

  26. The Klown says:
  27. The Klown says:

    This is how you eat shit:

    • DandyTIger says:

    • jeffhas says:

      You know, as apologies go – that was pretty tortured and complete…. it seemed almost as long as his original tirade that put him in this spot to begin with. I enjoyed every minute of it.

    • Constance says:

      Pretty good apology, but I would say his original comments fit right in with the type of misogynist garbage one would expect to hear on MSNBC which is why I never watch unless it election night and I think the Democrats are going to get their butts kicked. Then it is just too tempting to watch the fun.

  28. Related (because it makes me feel kinda high): Diarist at DK incites verbal riot against EMILY’s List for….wait for it…


    Bwahahahahaha! The infighting has begun, and Progressive Dude Nation & The Misogynists Who Fuel Them Part Deux is now showing!

  29. helenk3 says:


    tweety tingles on backtrack’s ratings

    ok now 1-2-3 sing ” The Thrill is Gone”

  30. helenk3 says:


    NLRB to target Walmart.

    hum walmart says obamacare will hurt economy and here comes the NLRB. don’t think there is any connection do you?

  31. helenk3 says:


    ex-white house staffer ” people were scared to bring backtrack bad news of pending obamacare fiasco because he doesn’t like drama.

    Years ago I worked for a GM who was 5 ft 2 in and could make 6ft 6in men cry, but you sure as hell let him know what was going on or your ass was grass

  32. helenk3 says:

    dems to reimburse insurance companies up to 80% of losses due to obamacare

  33. helenk3 says:

    sharton then and sharpton now

  34. DeniseVB says:

    Amanda Marcotte on Twitter today. Seems having an abortion is just as easy and normal like blowing your nose 😉


    • helenk3 says:

      the best answer I have ever seen to these sickos is

      ever notice those who promote abortion are already born?

      wonder if her mother felt the same way?

  35. angienc says:


    At least one census worker faked data to make the unemployment number fall below 8% in September 2012 to help Obama before the election.

    Anyone who still believes Obama “won” re-election can kiss my ass.


  36. helenk3 says:

    why do the vile progs hate kids?
    earlier this week the make a wish foundation granted the wish of a 5 year old to be batkid. the city of San Francisco made the wish really great. the kid was happy, the people that helped make the wish come true were happy. then one of the supervisors of San Francisco complained that the money spent could have fed the hungry in San Francisco. He took back the comment when he realized it went over like a lead balloon

    when I was there at the end of September the big thing was that San Francisco had more dogs than kids. I can see why

    • The Klown says:

      1 bdrm apts start at $2000 month in SF – it’s not exactly a kid-friendly place.

    • 1539days says:

      First of all, San Francisco actually got some positive press for the first time in years. Second, the amount of media and interest probably made a lot of money in tourism. Third, leave it to a prog to think there’s a finite pile of money that has to either go to this or that.

  37. The Klown says:
  38. underwhelmed says:

    If this is true you guys are in so much trouble. There needs to be much screaming from the rooftops. Surely this can’t be allowed to stand.


  39. The Klown says:

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