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OT : Modern Life Is Rubbish?

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Initial post: 17 Jan 2013, 12:41:04 GMT
This is not a discussion about a Blur album, but a continuation of the digression on the HMV thread.

Is modern life rubbish? Its a big topic so here are some quick answers as a starter-

Food- better
Technology- better
Manners and attitude- worse
Crime- worse
Transport- undecided
Entertainment- better

Can we decide once and for all, if Modern Life is Rubbish by getting to the meat of the debate?

My telly is a lot better than my parents telly was, hard to argue that TV's haven't improved.
First point to modern life.

Posted on 17 Jan 2013, 13:09:45 GMT
General lardiness - worst it's ever been
General dress sense - worst it's ever been..even worse than the heyday of shell suits
TV and music - more choice but a higher proportion of cr@p?? probably
Cinema- uniformly rubbish for the last 20 years..IMO. A handful of exceptions.
Manners and attitude - people here in Germany seem generally OK. If you think it's bad in the UK it's even more grim in large parts of southern and eastern Europe where i often have to visit for work. Surliness and being unhelpful are par for the course.
Public stupidity - much worse now thanks to sleb culture.

Posted on 17 Jan 2013, 13:19:54 GMT
Can't agree that food is better Butler, more variety - yes; better, as in nutritious - no.
I think when I was a child, the veg & fruit (well, 90% of it) was grown in the garden using techniques we would call organic today. Local fresh meat, fresh fish caught locally, bread without all the chemicals.

I saw a program recent which provided figures for the decline of nutrients in vegetables comparing a few years ago to approx mid 50s. It's all about appearance these days rather than how good it is for you!

Posted on 17 Jan 2013, 13:24:50 GMT
Not sure that crime is worse so much as we hear hear about it far more often and quickly than we did due to the advances in technology

Posted on 17 Jan 2013, 13:43:54 GMT
Kevin says:
Life was far better in our yoof!
It wasn't,but yoof made up for it.

Life is what you make it.Keep your friends,& family close, & try to block out the rubbish being streamed at us 24/7.

If that fails, then become an old git, & moan a lot.

Posted on 17 Jan 2013, 14:10:35 GMT
MC Zaptone says:
All technical aspects of modern life - better
Most human aspects of modern life - marginally worse.
Mixing the two together (automated phone services then followed by foreign call centre) -Aaarrggghhhh.

Posted on 17 Jan 2013, 16:06:21 GMT
"All technical aspects of modern life - better"

I think the advent of the mobile phone might just about negate all the other seriously wonderful advancements put together

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013, 16:48:04 GMT
RABB says:
No I think the mobile phone is a brilliant invention. It's smartphones that are the problem, although I'm typing this from one as we speak....

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013, 16:54:41 GMT
The smartphone is just a pocket computer, but I can't abide folk who are continually glued to the screen. Like you RAB, I'm using one now!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013, 17:01:09 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013, 17:16:00 GMT
THere are one or two good points to the mobile, like the one you mention. Overall though they annot the f'~#k out of me. Trying to get past some moron weaving all over the pavement as they text. having conversations iterrupt as the person you're talking to must answer and respond to texts( I just walk off now and leave them). Constant bloody interruptions to peace and quiet by incessant amusing - to whom exactly???? -ringtones and being belted in the lugs as people stretch the effing article as far away from them as possible so the amount of space they take up and the need to bellow draws attention to the fact " I have friends and/or am so important( no, actually you are a sad tosser) others need to be able to contact me instantly.
You can't even trip and fall now without some arse immedietly posting your undignified descent on youtube for the world to see and titter at.
I could go on but even with todays increased life expectancy I may only have another 30 years

Posted on 17 Jan 2013, 17:18:49 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jan 2013, 17:19:13 GMT
...oh and the damn things going off in restaurants as you try to enjoy a nice meal. I'm no longer polite enough to remaun silent at this downright rude intrusion.


Posted on 17 Jan 2013, 17:23:15 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jan 2013, 17:24:43 GMT
TheFoe says:
Modern technology - Massive improvement but with it comes gadgets that we really don't need or use. Technology these days evolves so fast that we have inadvertently created a throw away society. I fear an enviromental disaster is just around the corner.

Manners - Unfortunately the young always seem to get it in the neck, but in my experience it is the elderly, (not all of them mind), that seem the least courteous especially on the roads.

Health - While we may have banished some diseases through innoculations, the flu virus is a stubborn one and a lot nastier than it used to be. I don't recall the Norovirus being mentioned 10 years ago and I reckon it will get worse due to global warming and lack of personnal hygeine. Also conditions such as ADHD and Aspergers are being correctly diagnosed and the attitude that some children are just being naughty will hopefully in time be put to rest.

Posted on 17 Jan 2013, 17:23:28 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jan 2013, 17:44:56 GMT
...also why can't you get one with a numeric keyboard you can see and not phone the entire world on with one jab of the finger, not to mention just being able to quickly make a call without photocopying your bum, accidently accessing the net or wading through a plethora of option menus before fing the one that allows you make a bllody phone call. It's what the damn things are supposed to for isn't it.
I've got a flat tyre, I want the bleeding AA, not a wiki article on Fathers for Justice

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013, 17:28:20 GMT
china cat says:
I'm with you Peter, never actually owned one, though have used one on about four occasions. Seems the ability to get through to someone is proportionately more difficult the more the things proliferate. Sadly as they have more or less removed public phones from our streets, I would probably have to succumb one day, if I wasn't so reclusive.

Posted on 17 Jan 2013, 17:49:28 GMT
since waking up a while back (dozing since'73) I am glad that now I can get 'draught Guinness' in a can to watch my big fat TV where the superhero comics of my youth are brought thrillingly to life...mobile phones have their limited uses, but its better than running to the phone box and struggling to find change only to find its been vandalised.....
some aspects of modern life are much better, others much worse...its change....

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013, 17:53:47 GMT
Ah indeed, there is no such thing as bad parenting causing the darling little ones to be badly brought up ill mannered and ill behaved. Nor God forfend is their little treasure as thick as the proverbial brown stuff in a bottle. Noe these days they all suffer ADDs or are autistic or both and it is all the Government fault :¬}

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013, 17:57:55 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jan 2013, 17:58:34 GMT
>>others much worse...<<

...you mean like... the Bomb, concentration camps and Susan Boyle and Paul Potts?

Posted on 17 Jan 2013, 17:58:20 GMT
interesting how the fashionable diagnoses at the moment seem to say alot about the culture - kids who can't concentrate and flit hyper-actively across the internet, or can't connect/empathise....

we get the 'mental illnesses' we deserve

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013, 18:00:53 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jan 2013, 18:04:33 GMT
Rasmus Oerndrup (love that name) : when I went to sleep back in 1973 we were all terrified and preoccupied with the Bomb, and the Camps were fresher in our minds than they are now....Susan Boyle ?
now we just have resistant superbugs, global terrorism, famine and overpopulation, big rocks from space and Jedward to concern us...

Paul Potts ? do you refer to Pol Pot?

Posted on 17 Jan 2013, 18:03:10 GMT
Rasmus Ørndrup, born 1974 is a cynical dreamer from the creative underclass with enough bang in the hat to almost be a kind of poet.
Incarnate butterflies love and hate full of fear and delight at the empty space. Play Uncle, satorijunkie, katarsisfan, simplicity promoter and semiagnostisk leisure metaphysician or vice versa. The usual unfinished or barely started literature studies, and the equally compulsory few poems in Wheat Grain. Rasmus Ørndrup debuts this fall at twice the poetry collection "Villa Ennui and Millefleurs".
(are you that Rasmus Oerndrup by the way ?)

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013, 18:05:26 GMT
...on the other hand that might have saved us from an invasion from outerspace - like you know...: "Hey, these people are into Jedward - let's get the Hell outahere..."

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013, 18:06:48 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jan 2013, 18:08:14 GMT
Yep, that's me!
How did you manage to make such a good translation?
Do you speak Danish?

Posted on 17 Jan 2013, 18:07:53 GMT
true : they've tuned into our telly stations and high-tailed it at light speed to another galaxy....lucky so&so....as radiohead sang..

Up above
Aliens hover
Making home movies
For the folks back home,

Of all these weird creatures
Who lock up their spirits,
Drill holes in themselves
And live for their secrets.

They're all uptight, uptight,
Uptight, uptight,
Uptight, uptight.

I wish that they'd swoop down in a country lane,
Late at night when I'm driving.
Take me on board their beautiful ship,
Show me the world as I'd love to see it.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013, 18:13:05 GMT
That's very funny.
Haven't heard the song, but google says:
Subterranian Homesick Alien - Radiohead
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