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Re: [at-l] Computers and courtesy
- Subject: Re: [at-l] Computers and courtesy
- From: "Kenneth R. Knight" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2000 16:27:18 -0500
Must everyone agrees that improper use of anything, in this case
computers, is rude.
Jack, has brought out something that has been said several times before
and I want to follow it up a bit.
jack said, "An awful lot of folks view computers, and other high-tech
links to the outside world in the exact same light." If I read what you
wrote correctly you are worrying that people will use them improperly AND
that they use them to bring the "outside world" into the "hiking world."
If someone is listening to a radio with the volume so high everyone can
hear it clearly that is an intrusion of the "outside world". But, if
someone is quietly recording their thoughts on a computer why is that an
intrusion? Is it the fact that they're using the computer at all to
record their thoughts, their exploration, the issue; or is it the method
which they choose to employ the issue?
It sounds like you're griping about the method.
From many of the commetns on the list it sounds like most people agree
with Jack's points. Do you get equally irritated by a person who goes out
to a scenic vista with a camera and tripod and takes a series of
potentially gorgeous photos? A serious ameteur photographer, to say
nothing of a professional, could have quite a lot of stuff laying around.
What about the person writing/drawing at that viewpoint? Or the ones
having conversations? If you don't gripe about the last one in particular
then how can you rreally complain if someone quietly speaks some thoughts
into an audio recorder (analog or digital)?
Jack claims that the mere pressence of electronic items detracts from the
experience of being on the Trail because it reminds people of things they
left at home. Maybe so. But, this raises an interesting question: do you
hike to escape or to learn more aobut the world as a whole? They're
** Ken **
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