When ‘Capturing the Moment’ Ruins the Moment

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When ‘Capturing the Moment’ Ruins the Moment

I searched for my girlfriend’s boobs on Flickr from this weekend’s Pride events. While searching through a tome of images, my real-life memories were confirmed: people were on the phone a lot this weekend. I mean, a lot.

The beauty of the smartphone revolution is that we can tweet and mobile-upload the crap out of historic events – the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots were no exception. But when I see Queer Boi #97 on his phone in the middle of the parade, I get a little hot and bothered.

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One of the bois on the Jersey Mazda float took a picture of himself while poking out of the sunroof of a Mazda. Two points for Facebook; negative points for Jersey.

The bulk of parade participants were mainly caught texting, having long, drawn-out conversations while waving on a float, or reminiscing about the sheer weight of this magnanimous event before it has even finished. Is this a breach in parade etiquette, or is it just a sign of our hyper-documented times?

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The serious dykes and queens are on top of it. You will never see a queen talking on their phone in the middle of a parade. They know they are there to perform. Other people are there in order to bask in the fact that they are, indeed, there. As they aggressively tap on their new 3G, they are just slightly less present in the very moment they are trying to share with the world.

Communicating with an exponentially larger audience may be the most important part of forwarding our agenda; communicating indifference by sinking into solitary-cell-phone-world is not.

I hate to be the tacky police, but nothing ruins a great pride outfit like phone on your ear.

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Comments [12]

Kath's picture

amen

amen

yonks's picture

have you read Stephen King's

have you read Stephen King's cellular? freaky Shock

-Do not follow me, I'M LOST-

Rusty's picture

This would probably be the

This would probably be the place to confess and ask forgiveness for using my CrackBerry to live-blog the latest grandson's birth and posting photos from the delivery room to my FaceBook account, but I can't do it.

Most of the family wasn't there and I was thankful that I could keep everyone up to date in real time. My only regret is that I couldn't take a picture of myself cutting the cord. (I lack the necessary self-portrait skills.)

Some things I won't do, though. I don't use call waiting to put someone on hold to talk to someone "more important." And I don't answer my phone in social situations.

"When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will." ~ Pollyanna

Kelly's picture

I have to admit i was on my

I have to admit i was on my phone a lot. but it was necessary. I had to find more ice!! We had over 700 beers and 500 jello shots, and it was 103 degrees. i think we used well over 150 pounds of ice.

LongBeachDogLover's picture

Damn. :lol:

Damn. Laughing out loud

Kelly's picture

It was a ton or work, but

It was a ton or work, but well worth it! I got to watch dozen's of hot half naked girls make out in truck.

Tex's picture

what if you're having text

what if you're having text sex?

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Grace Moon's picture

what if you are making

what if you are making arrangements for a Pride booty call?

tweet tweet @gracemoon

Julia Watson's picture

Sure there is an exception

Sure there is an exception clause for that!

Not2Taem's picture

Well done Sarah. I am so sick

Well done Sarah. I am so sick of people and there cell phones. The other day I had a conversation with someone who answered 3 other calls during our 5 minute conversation. And she called me! I sometimes long for the days when you either went to see someone, wrote her a letter, or committed yourself to being tethered to that short cord and giving her your full attention. If you were willing to do that, you both knew you were worth it.

minniesota's picture

Is this the blog where I get

Is this the blog where I get to complain about the chick sitting to the left of me, who kept jumping up to take a photo and blocking my view of the parade?

P.S. I only used my phone once yesterday to tell my pals I was waiting at the corner of Ninth and Hennepin. Smile

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

sarah's picture

haha, i think you've just

haha, i think you've just illustrated the difference between using technology for Good (you), and using technology for Obnoxious (chick).