Technology advancements over the past two decades is contributing to the decline of civilization as we know it. The amazing computing power available through mobile devices enables the common idiot with nothing to say the chance to inform all of us (strangers) of their latest choice for tomorrow’s turd.
What drives the urge to share your menu choice with the rest of the world? Are you so privileged that you must show off your wealth by capturing your meal with the expensive piece of hand-held electronics you possess?
“Look! I can afford to eat out at a restaurant! I can also take a picture (annoying other diners with the camera flash) and share it with the world! Nanny, nanny, boo-boo. I got mine. How about you?”
Keep your flashes to yourself. Even if I too have gone out to the same restaurant to enjoy a meal away from home, I am not there to flaunt it. I definitely did not choose to share the experience with your arrogant, self-promoting gloating.
I have no interest in your meal selection. Despite the proliferation of food television shows and the exploding popularity of angry chefs yelling at hopeful future angry chefs, food is still just food. Fuel for the body. Fertilizer for the soil.
How about you sit there (much more) quietly and simply enjoy the meal. Moderate your decibel level to a civilized volume in consideration of others around you. If you loved the food, tip well and inform the staff. They will appreciate the encouragement.
Think about an object, an activity, or a cultural phenomenon you really don’t like. Now write a post (tongue in cheek or not — your call!) about why it’s the best thing ever.