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AAC F A M I L Y & F R I E N D S CHANGING


— something we ought to do more often. I have that reminder, in art form, hanging on my office wall. Certain locales should be off-limits to instant access. Tese include entertainment venues, places of worship, restaurants and any gathering that has a guest speaker. Te beautiful thing about cell phones and similar implements of com- munication is that they have this wonderful service known as voicemail. And generally, unless it’s a case of medical emergency or national security, those oh-so important calls and text mes- sages can be placed on hold for a few more minutes. Marshall McLuhan’s obser-


vation about the medium — whether it be an iPhone, Android, BlackBerry or other trendy, albeit useful, device — becoming more important than the message, may be true. However, that does not mean that the device should be more important than the message being delivered. Nor does it mean that an individual should use


he beautiful thing about cell phones and similar imple- ments of communication is that they have this wonderful service known as voicemail.


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the device to the annoyance of others. While instant information is important, utilization of the device supplying the information should be done in a manner that shows respect to those around you. Tis little step of courtesy is a big step in improving commu- nication for everyone. Because of our lack of mobile


courtesy, some are going to the extreme to stop the phones ring- ing. An Italian priest, annoyed by ringing cell phones, installed a jamming device in his church. He said that asking nicely didn’t work. Father Michele Madonna forked out the cash to install the gadget inside the Santa Maria Chapel in downtown Naples. He said he was fed up with the constant ringing and beeping of phones during his sermons. Voltaire said, “To succeed in the world, you must also be well-


mannered.” Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Life is not so short but that there is always time for courtesy.” Good things to remem- ber when using our modern technology.


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COUNTY LINES, WINTER 2015


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