Apr 11

F is for ‘Fifteen miles!’

…and also for fucksticks.

Back in my day you had to walk fifteen miles to get to work…and you were glad for the bloody opportunity! It were fifteen miles t’ nearest loo, and that were only for posh folk! And don’t get me started on all these fancy ‘remote controls’ you kids have nowadays…when we wanted to change the channel we had to walk fifteen miles just to reach the old tellybox!

And now? Now everything is right there in the palm of your hand – all your favourite TV shows, catalogues of all books ever written, the history of mankind, alphabetised and indexed…and floofy kitten videos at your beck and call twenty-four hours a day.

I know some people like to moan people have it too easy now, that back when ‘they’ were kids, they had to work for things. You had to be patient. You had to fight. But didn’t those people fight to make things the way they are now?

Wasn’t the struggle part of progress into the future to ensure that you no longer had to walk (fifteen miles) to the nearest pet shop, purchase a kitten, wait weeks for the paperwork to go through, finally go pick Mr Fluffypaws up, take him home, train him for six weeks, then record him chasing a balloon on your camcorder. The struggle ensured you now only have to scream ‘OK GOOGLE – KITTEH VIDEOS!’ at your nearest device and up pops Sir Meowsalot, tinsel tangled round his feet an all…

My moan isn’t about people having it easy – I have it easy as well – no, I’m moaning about those fucksticks who take it for granted. The ones that can’t be arsed doing a bit of research for their own books…the ones that can’t be bothered running a quick Google search to check if [insert name of latest serial killer in the news] is a good name for the romantic lead in their current WIP, or if gravity works up or down (you say hyperbole – I say I’ve witnessed people this stupid).

The ones that instead of grabbing a pen and a notebook and spending an evening on Google and the like, post a question on a forum then disappear to bingewatch Netflix until some lout at the other end of the world does the hard graft for them.

Aggh! Back in the day you had to scour libraries and seek out experts, hell, some stuff was literally impossible to research, but now…NOW, we have the combined knowledge of the world and it’s history struggling to contain itself in our televisions and computers and mobile phones AND WATCHES!

We take it for granted so much we can still watch a sci-fi film where the protagonist asks a question of an all-seeing, all-knowing computer…and still think it ludicrous fiction! Fuuuuuckkk…

Do not take the Internet or the vast advances in the world of literature for granted. Get out there and see it all…or stay in and see it all!

Ok, Google…’calming kitty videos’.

Have you seen the bloody remote?!

Have you seen the bloody remote?!

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  1. I think every generation contributes something…while complaining about doing it, while the past generation shake their head, and the next generation looks on. Part of people’s nature, probably. 🙂
    I use Google and whatever resource available to me to research for my WIPs, but I know there’s always a chance I’ll miss something. It’s part of being a human being. And part of the wonderful thing about the internet is having communities (and forums) of experts offering their help and advice. All of the articles in Wiki and any other resource are written by people. So…we’re all helping each other…and watch Netflix in our free time. That’s a good thing.

    I hope that kitty video helped 🙂

    Grace
    Visiting from the a-z challenge.

    btw…I researched Krav Maga for my post, and I used articles written by other human beings, who learned their knowledge from other human beings…. ~gasp~ 🙂
    http://writerzengarden.com/2016/04/13/k-is-for-using-krav-maga-to-kick-the-inner-evil-critique-away/

    1. I wasn’t saying using communities was a bad thing, just moaning about the people who use it as a lazy way of research. Asking someone who knows about your desired interest is great! Saying “I can’t be bothered to Google something, you guys look it up for me” is what I’m moaning about 😛 Seen it far too many times.

      1. And at the risk of breaking the “4th wall” – these posts are hyperbole 😛

        1. I know, I just can’t help but: 1) defend people 2) argue any possible point
          🙂

          1. I’m with you on the argue every point part 😀

  2. Okay, you made me laugh…and think…damn you, I didn’t WANT to think! Arrrrrggghhhh!!!!!!

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