Article: I Text, Therefore I Am.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Posted in category Boobus, Idiocracy

My new article is up on It’s about the Retardocracy and their obsession with communication and association(!) by way of texting.

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3 Responses to Article: I Text, Therefore I Am.

  1. Kirk says:

    November 6th, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Hi Karen- first let me say I am writing this on a phone. I text far too often and I am guilty of some of the behaviors in your article, but – let me share my experiences with you so you can know bad it has gotten. I am a dentist and I often have patients who will try to text or even answer a phone call while I am holding a drill or scalpel in their mouth. Invariably they begin digging in their pants(which jostles their heads-my working area) and then raise their phone up to their mouths which does two very bad things; it bumps my hand(holding said drill or scalpel or other sharp instrument) and also blocks the operatory light(which essentially blinds me- mouths being surprisingly dark places). If this were an isolated incident- I wouldn’t say anything- but it happens weekly. Despite signs in the waiting room and operatory, staff’s verbal instructions, and also in the new patient forms they sign. 
    Surprisingly, this isn’t a behavior of only young people, Ive had grandma’s do it. Just last week, during a root canal(with the rubber damn on covering her mouth AND a bite block in propping her jaw open) a patient answered a phone call!
    Thanks for the funny article!

  2. Otaddy says:

    November 6th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    My favorite clip from the Boondocks about texting:

    (I know you wont mind the colorful language.)

  3. Amy Alkon says:

    November 6th, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Love this piece. When I don’t write at home, I write at what I call “The No Cell Phones Cafe,” because they have a rule against them, which they actually enforce, making it one of the best places to spend a day in Los Angeles. (And no, they don’t mind that we all write there — dissertations, books and columns in my case, and a good bit of the TV shows and movies you see. [The Hollywood writers are the interesting ones to be around, and nice, too, in many cases].)

    I rarely text (I used it tonight to tell my boyfriend I had finished voting) and I hate phone calls, which are life-interrupting and too often come from people who are stuck in traffic and want to kill some time — yours along with theirs.

    If I like you, we’ll go out and have some quality time, face-to-face, over glasses of alcohol. If I don’t like you, why would I want to talk with you on the phone? 

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