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March 29, 2006

The mobile badge of cowardice

Got a mobile phone? Well, we hope you won't take this personally, but it's a reflection of the fact that you're not as brave as Sharon Gray.

Sharon doesn't need a mobile phone. She's not afraid to go out on the streets and get lost. So why should you? Huh? And, dammit, who was that so-called friend who gave Sharon a brand new mobile phone? Some friend! Trying to push some digi-junk into Sharon's life. And don't you know that you're being rude to Sharon when you talk loudly into your phone, or - heaven forbid - answer it in her company? Really! You ought to be ashamed of yourselves.

Who says 18 million [or so] Australians can't be wrong? Sharon does, that's who. She doesn't need a phone. She doesn't need friends. So there! Ho-hum. Have we completely run out of columnists who've got something intelligent to say?

Posted by cw at March 29, 2006 10:22 AM


Strewth Charles, you're really down on The Age at the moment. Mind you, how tripe like this gets filed under "technology" really does make you wonder.

Posted by: Paul Wallbank at March 30, 2006 07:39 AM

I'm no more down on The Age than I've ever been. I've criticised The Age, the SMH and the Financial Review on this blog on several occasions. They're not perfect, and given that they hand it out to everyone else, they ought to be able to cop the odd dig or two on the chin.

I know Sharon Gray (a pseudonym) and I've admired much of her work. But occasionally it becomes a holier-than-thou whine - amazing, considering she's a committed Buddhist - that I find hard to take. And that column was nothing more than a self-indulgent wank, in my opinion, that had no place in a newspaper like The Age. Which, I must acknowledge, is still a great newspaper, struggling to deal with the afflictions of the digital world.

Posted by: cw at March 30, 2006 08:46 AM