Bitching Brew

Thursday, October 13, 2005

A video-playing iPod. Why?!

I love innovation. But some of it seems so utterly needless. Like video players with 5 centimetre wide screens. Talk about creating a want that never existed before.

I have the same gripe with new mobile phones. The cameras are bad enough, and I was sucker enough to buy one. But who the hell wants to watch video on a mobile phone screen?! Oh, look - I can download highlights of football matches to my phone! Yeeerrrrr - c'mon the lads! It's absurd. The amount of money sunk into the new generation phone networks (and licences) is ludicrous. Maybe they'll prove profitable? I doubt it, but never underestimate human stupidity. Exhibit one: the Crazy Frog ringtone. Exhibit two: the gormless, inbred goons that play it. (That Wikipedia picture ain't half-bad.)

And so we now have iPods that play video. You can even download the latest episode of Desperate Housewives for $1.99... and watch it on a 5cm screen. I don't get it. I just don't. In a similar vein, you can even download porn to your phone. Whatever happened to imagination and fantasy? What kind of slack-jawed grunt does this?! FIVE FRICKIN' CENTIMETRES?!

I rest my case. (Built on foundations of rhetoric it may be.)



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