This story massively made the rounds a few days ago...
A 32-year-old North Carolina woman is dead after slamming her car head-on into a truck while posting selfies and a Facebook update about how happy she was while listening to a Pharrell song.Of course there was lots and lots of moralizing about the cultural shallowness of contemporary pop music, Facebook, selfies, and texting. Let the North Carolina woman's end be a lesson to us all. There is more to life than posting this or updating that. We have lost contact with reality. We need to spend more time with our actual friends and family. And so on.
Courtney Sanford, of High Point, crossed the center median of a busy road Thursday morning just after making the post, hit a recycling truck and died...
I'm sure more than a few preachers on Sunday will resurrect her from the wreck and impress upon their congregation that hers was not real happiness. Pharrell can only offer an illusion of happiness. One must instead turn to this invisible being/ape called God and a young man the Roman authorities executed 2000 years ago to find true happiness. The people in the pews will get the picture.
But the truth is posting on Facebook or texting another human is far more meaningful and spiritual than just being stuck in a car, or stuck in traffic, or stuck in a long commute. And sooner or later, the additional time needed to keep updated and updating will require the subtraction of time from somewhere else, and that somewhere else for many Americans is the car: the hours you spend in it, and the heavy demands it makes on your attention. A whole industry is in a race at this moment to reach a solution that is still compatible with private car ownership before this already great social pressure (being the social animal we are, texting and posting has far deep roots in us than driving) causes a deep and permanent cultural shift.
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— Mashable (@mashable) April 29, 2014