Saturday, October 19, 2019

Quips and Quotations (Will It Play in Peoria Edition)



Technology, while adding daily to our physical ease, throws daily another loop of fine wire around our souls. It contributes hugely to our mobility, which we must not confuse with freedom. The extensions of our senses, which we find so fascinating, are not adding to the discrimination of our minds, since we need increasingly to take the reading of a needle on a dial to discover whether we think something is good or bad, or right or wrong.

--Adlai Stevenson

12 comments:

  1. Hi, Kirk!

    The excitement meter is pegged, good buddy, and I clicked to like this post and to friend you! Remember the Clap-O-Meter that was used on the TV talent shows of the 50s and early 60s such as Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts and Queen For a Day? On their late night shows Carson and Letterman used the applause meter for comedic effect.

    That quote by Adlai Stevenson was published in Fortune Magazine in October, 1955, but today his words more relevant than ever. My mother liked Stevenson and voted for him in the 1952 and 1956 presidential elections. To her dismay millions more liked Ike.

    Have a super weekend, good buddy Kirk!

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    1. The graph is ok of your readership? but I really don't like the quote. Sorry for being such an old grump.

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    2. Shady, I've read quite a bit about Eisenhower over the years, especially in regard to his World War II role as Supreme Allied Commander, and have developed a degree of admiration for him. Yet my political views are more aligned with Stevenson than with Ike (whose politics were actually kind of hazy) so were I voting (and existed) back in 1952 and '56, I would have had a rather difficult time deciding which one to pull the level. Good problem to have, actually, as they were both above-average candidates. Can't say any election is my lifetime has risen to that level.

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    3. Andrew, I snagged the graph from the internet, from an online article about web site analytics, so I'm not giving anyone's private info away that they didn't want to give away. I DO have StatCounter, and DID try to "take a picture" of it for use on this post, but couldn't pull it off for some reason. As Shady noted, Stevenson said it in the 1950s, so obviously didn't have the internet or blogging in mind, but I had earlier in the day been trying to figure out my own stats, and when I came across the quote later on, like Disney and Fox, the two things inevitably merged.

      I'm not upset that you don't like the quote, Andrew. If it's anybody, it's the ghost of Adlai Stevenson you'll have to contend with. He was known for his eloquence, so there are worse ways to be haunted. But I am intrigued by your characterization of yourself as an "old grump". In the technophallic era we live in, even mild criticism of technology could get one labeled as old and behind the times. But if you disagree with the quote, Andrew, maybe you're actually a NEW grump!

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    1. Forget Peoria, Debra, is that how it plays in Canada?

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    1. Back when Happy Days takes place, Mitchell. Just think how old Richie and Fonzie are now.

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  4. Pretty smart guy who lost twice.

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    1. He may have come off as too intellectual, Adam, and that rubbed people the wrong way.

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  5. The plow was considered advanced technology at one time. What we have now is just a passing phase, just like the stuff Adlai Stevenson was talking about.

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    1. You're right, Mike. Technology is a term that is continuously redefined.

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