Surviving A World Of Gigabytes And Gigglebites

Willingly or not, you and I navigate through a world of gigabytes. But lets not forget those once-upon- a-time gigglebites. Here’s the difference. Gigabytes are how we describe our 24/7 mass of information. Gigglebites are how we translate all this information for ourselves. The first is part of the new digital age; the second is part of our old human nature. You know…trying to figure out complicated stuff by the use of uncomplicated captions.

For instance, giggly captions we stick on public figures in order to label-them-so-we-don’t-have-to-take-the-time-to-understand-them. Romney: Job Cutting Capitalist! Obama: Islamic Socialist! LeBron James: Follow the Money Traitor! John Edwards: Wife Cheater! Mel Gibson: Jew Hater! Paris Hilton: Young Fool! The Pope: Old Fool!

It’s easy to see how handy Gigglebites can be. No need to bother with the person’s past contributions, current visions, or their place in the overall society. We already know them for what they are. Period, end of discussion!

Are there any upbeat Gigglebites…? Well, yes there are. Steven Spielberg: Genius! Donald Trump: Rich! Johnny Carson: Icon! Caroline Kennedy: Camelot!

The computer age is stuffing our brain circuitry with so much stuff every hour of every day that the circuitry has to scale back enough not to crash. Captioning people has been one of humanity’s handiest and more honored strategies. And that’s not likely to ever change.

But if any truth-seekers out there want to try, Carl Jung’s advice sounds like a good place to begin: “Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of others…” Nothing giga nor giggly about that injunction!

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  • I'm waiting for an attachment to a digital TV that, during the Bud Light Fan Cam, would let one associate with the picture (sort of like the comics) an arrow with the balloon "Cleavage" in real time.

    Also, to go in the other direction, a Photoshop add-in for TV that would obliterate the crawl and show what was underneath it. You know that those embellishments have gone too far when FoxChicago transmits banners saying "Reporter's Name" and "Anchor's Name, Anchor's Name." I guess they can't complete the templates.

  • In reply to jack:

    Great ideas....now if we can just get your elected to the FCC to enact same!

  • In reply to Jack Spatafora:

    Don't need the FCC. I'm not proposing messing with the airwaves, just having a set top box that does more than the box the 7 year old is complaining about in the Uverse commercial. Just slightly more involved than the DVR that would let one freeze frame that scene. I just add or subtract my own captions.

  • In reply to jack:

    I'll buy it.....

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