the801: 51.The breakdown of traditional values to some extent implies the breakdown of the bonds that hold together traditional small-scale social groups. The disintegration of small-scale social groups is also promoted by the fact that modern conditions often require or tempt individuals to move to new locations, separating themselves from their communities. Beyond that, a technological society HAS TO weaken family ties and local communities if it is to function efficiently. In modern society an individual's loyalty must be first to the system and only secondarily to a small-scale community, because if the internal loyalties of small-scale small-scale communities were stronger than loyalty to the system, such communities would pursue their own advantage at the expense of the system.
Jim_Callahan: Lapdance: My version of Disconnected:Kitchen Phone Rings - "Who the Hell is Bothering me Now!"Yeah, a phone that has Wires! It has an Answering Machine in it. If I'm not home, guess what, Tough!We're all very happy for you that you have a job low enough on the social/income ladder that it never involves being on call, and somewhat sad for you that you don't have enough friends to justify being on the same communications regime as the rest of the world.The rest of us pretty much need a cell in order to function in the modern world. Good job on somehow turning being poor and/or poorly prepared to deal with basic life challenges into something to brag about, though, I'm sure that'll do well by you as soon as you manage to find some hipsters that are also octogenarians for your social circle. I recommend learning checkers.
Flint Ironstag: [imagizer.imageshack.us image 500x479]/Seems appropriate.
fusillade762: If the people you are with or the event you are attending are not important enough to command your attention, then: Why. Are. You. There?Excellent question.
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