Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Reach out and touch someone...

Back in the 70s and 80s, AT&T had a very successful ad campaign, complete with a memorable jingle.  It was called "reach out and touch someone."  If you were around during that time, you'd hear lots of cultural references to that campaign.  For instance, I remember in the 1985 film, National Lampoon's European Vacation, the character Audrey misses her boyfriend in the States.  She tearfully sings, "Reach out, reach out and touch someone.  Reach out, call up and just say 'hi'..."

For some reason, that ad campaign was on my mind this morning.  I actually went looking for the ad that was on the brain.  I didn't find the one I was looking for, but I did find one from 1984 that I had long ago forgotten.


Hey!  Peeper!

It wasn't so long ago that communicating with people who didn't live near you meant sending a letter or calling them long distance.  We had no email, Facebook, Skype, or cell phones.  Sometimes, I think I'm lucky I got to live in a world without those modern conveniences.  Hell, sometimes I feel lucky that I experienced what it's like not to have electricity or hot water.  I won't say it was the most pleasant thing in the world, especially since I don't actually enjoy roughing it.  I will say that I know I can survive it.

Sometimes, I think all of the conveniences we have for communication have actually made communication more difficult.  I spend a lot more time alone today than I used to before the Internet. I don't have to go out to see anyone.  I can sit at home and type on my computer, post on my blog, put pictures on Facebook... and get into some really ridiculous arguments that are ultimately pointless and aggravating.

On the other hand, if it weren't for social media, I would have less reason to write.  I get inspired by it almost every day.  Maybe instead of writing blogs, I might be doing something else with my time.

Speaking of reaching out and touching someone...  yesterday, someone shared the below post.


Some guys are hunters, and they aren't hunting game.

This post reminded me a lot of a story I read in one of the local Facebook groups.  A father was upset because his daughter was being harassed by a man as she was trying to walk home on post.  Most everyone was supportive of the man's anger.  But there was one guy who questioned the father's story and gave him a hard time about it.  

Later, I noticed the guy, who had been so unsympathetic to the man who was posting about his daughter's harassment, had a very disdainful attitude toward women.  I had a run in with him myself.  I almost wonder if he's the type of man who hangs out on message boards like the one above.  I noticed a lot of the guy's posts gave off a misogynistic vibe.  He's probably the kind of guy who enjoys scaring women as they're trying to walk home.

I almost wonder if there is an "instinct" in some people-- males especially.  They enjoy stalking and hunting animals.  Maybe some feel the same about women, for whatever reason.  They like unnerving them; it gives them a charge.  Some people enjoy the feeling of power they get intimidating other people, even innocent people who are just going on about their lives.  At least now, people who are stalking and harassing others run the risk of being photographed, videoed, or having the police called on them.  So maybe for that reason, the advent of cell phones and the Internet was a good thing.

I guess the moral of this post is... "Reach out and touch someone... but only with your words."  Otherwise, you might be labeled a creeper.  Unfortunately, Facebook is full of people who are a little off kilter.  In fact, a college friend told me last night that one of my Facebook friends, a guy I don't know offline, was "stalking" her.  The guy does have a habit of excessive PMing that is very annoying.  He mostly leaves me alone now and my friend has him blocked.  But it does make me wonder about some people.  The Internet makes it easier for everyone to reach out and touch someone... and sometimes in places they don't want to be touched.

2 comments:

  1. That shared post is beyond creepy. I hope it is illegal and I am sure he better not get caught by most of us.
    I am also glad to be able to survive without a cell phone.

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    1. Yeah... it's totally creepy. It makes me glad I don't have kids to worry about.

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