Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Perry writes: Hey Eric – fellow driving enthusiast here… read all your stories every single day. We’ve also cross-posted a few too (with links and attribution of course). But here’s a story for you along the same lines as many of your Clover rants. The goddamn cell phones cause so many “delays” at competitive intersections – often causing massive backlogs because of dumb cat videos or whatever. We often blow around these people too – even after the light turns (if we have space). I wish these people would stay at home. This is why we love “off-peak” driving. Big fan and keep up the great work!
My reply: I stand in awe of your brilliant neologism – and will spread it far and wide! Digital narcissism indeed! I would only expand on your theme by suggesting it’s entirely deliberate. What I mean is, “drivers” are being encouraged not to – in order to eliminate driving altogether. Or at least, to justify severe restrictions, including such coming things as cars that speed police themselves as well as “assist” when it comes to braking and keeping the car in its lane.
Ultimately, the problem of digitally addled narcissists will create the “need” for automated cars – for ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssafety, you see. And all of us will be opted-in. Including the non-addled who can drive. It will work just the same as sssssssssssssssssssssaaaaaaafety checkpoints, which presume we’re all drunk drivers and are treated accordingly.
Also for sssssssssssssssssssssssssaaaaaaaaaafety.
There’s no end to this, the principle having been established – and generally accepted by all too many people.
The only antidote is to challenge the principle – and insist on respect for a different one. That our “safety” is our business and- its corollary – that it’s everyone’s business to not impose their business on others.
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