My husband is addicted. He is bent on cracking every level ever created in the Angry Birds game app on his I-phone. I thought he was done when last week he announced that he had finally done it - cracked every level - but then.....come to find out, it's neverending.
Furthermore, there's holiday-themed angry birds, too. Did you that there were about a jillion downloads of angry birds on Christmas Day?
I'd say that's fairly indicative of the family dynamics going on in our world today.
The addiction has not gone unnoticed by my four year-old son, who also likes to play a round or thirty of angry birds on Daddy's phone. At least I can monitor and control this little boy's game playing.....but as for the big boy, I'm at a loss.
And to add insult to injury, the kids and I were shopping in Target last week, and DID YOU KNOW that there are angry bird pillow pet-type stuffed animals for sale? Are you kidding me?
And if that's not enough, we were driving down a street in Amarillo THAT SAME DAY when we passed a costume shop and can you guess what was hanging in the window?
Angry Bird costumes, my friends.
Back in my teaching days, I taught a book written in 1948 by George Orwell titled Nineteen Eighty-Four. It was essentially his theory on what the world will look like in 1984...totalitarian government, thought police, and a society based on propaganda and rewritten history from the government. The slogan of the world, and basically the theme of the book, was "Big Brother is watching you."
I've thought often in recent years that our society has, in fact, become somewhat like this world George Orwell put forth in that book written so long ago. With this new digital age that we live in with our tv's, computers, and I-phones, it does seem that there are overtones of "Big Brother" in huge ways.
I'm just sayin'.
But never, EVER did I think that a game app of blinking birds soaring through the air with destruction on their mind would infiltrate and single-handedly cause the hiatus of anything productive in the time management category, not to mention the decline of human communication and critical thinking as we know it. Even the world wide web is no match for an angry bird.
Internet surfing - yes this is a time stealer and definitely takes away from that personal communication theme, though some of my best research, creative ideas and shopping coux's come this way - without the help of a half-hearted clerk.
Facebook - a massive time waster concerning some of life's most trivial issues(for the most part). And yet it reels you in by the notion that you might miss out on some important information about a past acquaintance, like (for instance) the fact that they just washed their hair....
Texting - Though devoid of correct grammar usage and collectively aiding in the extinction of a properly composed sentence, the nature of a text's brevity still helps navigate those conversations that we don't have time to have BECAUSE.........
We're busy playing Angry Birds on the I-phone.
George Orwell thought that Big Brother and the thought police would be the overlying cause of the demise of society, but what he didn't know at that time was that his Big Brother concept...
is really just an Angry Bird.
Who needs the thought police when you have a bird and a slingshot to occupy your time?
Now excuse me, I hear there is a valentine exploding hearts edition of Angry Birds that I need to check out.
Well-played, Big Brother, well-played.