27 Feb

“Eva admitted, ´I can´t tune a digital radio. I gave up after a day with my smartphone. On my computer the Microsoft wouldn´t engage with the internet, and neither could I. I couldn´t watch a film on a iPad –and why should I, when there´s a cinema half a mile away? I should have been born a hundred years ago. I can´t download on my MP3 machine. Why do people keep buying me these gadgets? I´d be happier with a simple radio, a television with knobs on the front, a Dansette record player and a phone like we had when I was a child. Something important that stood on the hall table. It rang so loudly that we could hear it all over the house and garden. And it only rang when there was something important to say. Somebody was ill. An arrangement had to be changed. Or the person who had been ill had died. People ring now to say that they´ve arrived in McDonald´s and are about to order a cheeseburger and fries.´

Alexander laughed. ´You´re a technophobe like me, Eva. We´re happier with a simpler way of life.´

(Sue Townsend, The Woman Who Went to Bed For a Year, p 180-181)


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