Thursday, September 23, 2010

It’s the tick-tick-tick, Stupid!

Well, something like that.

It probably started with pigeons.  Or smoke signals.  Or signal flares.  Pony Express.  Telegraph.  Telephone.  Radio.  Television.  You get the picture.

Information now is the by-word.  No more Battle of New Orleans fought after the peace treaty has been signed.

All of that, however, is only the background in which the problems for President Obama are set.  Instant gratification has become the standard by which much of our lives are measured.

Health care now.  End DADT now.  Microwave meals now.

How did we come to this level of expectation for our wants and desires? 

Tone dialing.

Tick; tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick; tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick; tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick; tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick; tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick; tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick; tick-tick-tick; tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick; tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick; tick-tick-tick; is how long it takes to dial my phone number on a land line if one were to use pulse dialing; and beep-bip-bop-beep-beep-bap-bup-bip-bap-bup for tone.

We have been programmed for now.  We find it entirely too frustrating to wait for discussion, debate, and compromise.

Anyone thinking things will speed up beginning on January 3, 2011?


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