…is technology turning some of us into whining little brats?
This tirade was triggered by an item in today’s Shelf Awareness, a daily newsletter of publishing and bookselling news. This one small paragraph announces a new iPhone app called ShelfLook described this way by the iTunes store:
“Do you hate turning your neck sideways to read book titles at libraries and bookstores? Or scrunching down as well to view lower shelves? With SHELFLOOK, those days are over!
Oh, my, how awful for us! We have to turn our delicate necks. We have to bend down. We have to stretch upward. We might even (gasp!) have to reach out, pick up a book, and actually hold it in our hands long enough to see the cover or scan a page or two. No more. This app will allow you to hold up your phone and turn it sideways so you can read the book spines without the slightest effort.
Now I’m not saying this might not be a great boon for people who cannot make these moves. I’m saying that for the majority of us this is plain silly. Just because they can create an app doesn’t mean they should!
Rant ended. Feel free to return to texting and tweeting and social media-ing. But don’t forget to look up now and then to appreciate the sun, the earth, and the people you love.