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Filed under : New York City
On February 7, 2007
At 10:40 am
Comments : 9

Ban Proposed On Walking While Talking, Listening To iPod

I think this is my favorite quote: “While people are tuning into their iPods and cell phones, they’re tuning out the world around them,” Sen. Carl Kruger said.

Um, yes, that is the point. Who wouldn’t rather be hit by a car than deal with the world in which we live and specifically the other people who inhabit it? And while we’re talking about civil disobedience, I’d also like to say that I don’t turn off my iPod when the plane takes off and lands. I simply put it under my blanket or whatever and pretend I’m listening to the onboard programming. And I haven’t crashed yet!

But seriously, is there a point to this? Will anyone actually obey it? I mean, jaywalking’s illegal here too and that hasn’t worked out too well, has it? Maybe the point is that I’d never actually heard of State Senator Carl Kruger before this. Hmmmm. But if he decides to ban talking and chewing gum in an obnoxious fashion at the same time, well, I’ll post about him more often for sure.

The Damned – Politics


9 Comments for this post

  1. Alfa says:

    This will work as well as the prohibition against hocking up a loogie on the sidewalk.


  2. Alex says:

    If the goal if mindful street-crossing is truly to be realized, then the ban will have to be expanded so that no woman may enter an intersection in New York City or Buffalo while thinking about the next kajillion things she needs/wants/plans to do, and no man may enter an intersection while thinking about sex.

  3. We’re going to be regulated and restricted to death. I just know it.

    (I forgot to wear my optimism today, damn it.)

  4. Becca says:

    Alfa, what, that’s illegal? I spit on that law!

    Alex, That reminds me of a joke. Why didn’t the guy cross the road?

    Ima, that’s OK, optimism is now banned.

  5. Alex says:

    Sorry, Becca. Were you talking to me? My mind was elsewhere.

  6. Becca says:

    Sorry, I missed that, I was thinking about the next kajillion things that I need/want/plan to do.

  7. Alex says:

    Oh, Becca, you do make me laugh. You know…when I can focus.

  8. Cathy (suby) says:

    I think laws like this interfere with natural selection. I would much rather weed the pathologically stupid out of the gene pool before they have the opportunity to reproduce.

  9. Lisatagio says:

    Everyone in the city does this! Okay, well almost everyone- and so few people get hit by cars, relatively speaking.

    I think stopping the spitting is far more important. Also, I would agree with natural selection, except I think it weeds out the ADD-afflicted instead of the stupid.

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