Politicians like to go at each other over issues like the giant soda ban, saying that government should not try to set laws to prevent people from engaging in behavior detrimental to their health. People should be able to make decisions that hurt themselves on their own…that is the idea of freedom Amurrrica was founded on, dammit!
Meanwhile, no one was watching that our devices are doing what some of these lawmakers want to do, or not to do, creating the Nanny Phone rather than the Nanny State.
Earlier today, hooking my (new, er, replacement) smartphone into my car stereo to stream some music, I guess I had the volume up too high in my phone’s opinion. Just a few seconds into the first song, either the app or the phone (I have not been able to figure it out–yet), flashes the message that listening to music at high volumes for prolonged periods of time will damage my hearing, therefore, it adjusted the volume to “well below the damaging level” (I think that is what it said, the message went away too fast and I was in shock).Are you freakin’ kidding me phone?
First of all, I went to tons of concerts during my misguided youth, loud aggressive bands in small halls & clubs, standing too close to amps. I know my hearing is already damaged.
Second, yep, gonna pull the cancer card. Hey phone, I just went through cancer. While I have every reason to expect to live another 40 years, I also have every reason to NOT expect that, because I know all too well how quickly health threats appear. So I’m gonna enjoy life, turn up the volume to 11, you can’t stop me!!
Oh silly smartphone, you so crazy!