Let's look at the latest malady being peddled by the dysfunctioneers...
When the history of the decline of the West is written, some passages surely will be devoted to how wealth and abundance led to intellectual and moral complacency and the compaction of all matters of import great and small into a singularity of paralyzing self-analysis so compact not even perspective can escape - in other words, we worry about alot of stupid shit. Exhibit A should be the latest tripe from the phony malady factory - that supposedly people are addicted to their Blackberry in a similar fashion to drugs.
This is a laughable, unserious conclusion about a laughable, unserious subject.
The study, carried out by New Jersey's Rutgers University School, claims the Blackberry is fuelling a rise in email and internet addiction, with sufferers able to survive only a few minutes without checking for new mail.
What? Able to survive only a few minutes without them? Did this study result in the unintended deaths of some Blackberry users before they figured out they needed the Blackberry to survive? How many poor souls lost their lives, found perished desperately trying to claw their way out of the study room to the life-support system hidden in their Blackberry? This kind of breathless reporting is intellectually vacant - only less so than the concept behind such a study in the first place.
One key sign of a user being addicted is if they focus on their Blackberry ignoring those around them.
Uh, yeah, like the same way people do with television, computers, books, music, woodworking, car repair... have these people ever used a Blackberry? Is there some sort of hybridized human that can carry on extensive human interaction while simultaneously thumbing out a response to their boss on a PDA?
But the effects of becoming addicted to the device can be 'devastating', said Professor Gayle Porter who led the study.
She added: 'Employers provide programmes to help workers with chemical or substance addictions. 'Addiction to technology can be equally damaging to a worker's mental health'.
And here's the payoff - when in doubt, follow the money. The mental health community has become a source of crackpot, junk science with a single goal - perpetuating the mental health community. This is another in a series of phony maladies that is being peddled by sophists in order to perpetuate the cottage industry of mental wellness. Psychosomatic projection of everyday life into an infirmity requiring treatment keeps them in dutch. These are the same people who brought you Katrina fatigue - mind you, not from having been in the Hurricane, but having been overexposed to coverage of it. Any deviation from a slackjawed stupor will eventually be diagnosed as a condition requiring treatment or study, and of course a name, we won't get tired of politics as usual, we will have acute disassociative pre-emergent sociopathy.
Enough is enough. Universities should be studying real mental health issues, not this valueless pap devoid of intrinsic value.Posted by MEC2 at August 22, 2006 05:11 PM