Oprah Joins the Chorus

Quick observation: Noted with pleasure that Random House has decided not to steal electronic rights from the family of William Styron. Random still  has its claws in the rest of us.

“Dnt Txt N Drv” thrilled me. Oprah has lent her powerful voice to the chorus of officials, entertainers, and just plain folks who want to ban cell phone use while driving, especially texting.

The distracted driving statistics she cited include far more than cell phones. GPS, etc. I get, but video games?! Come on, people, what piece of one’s brain has to be missing to think that anyone can successfully drive and kill the bad guys in “World of Warcraft”?

It was amusing that NPR featured a segment on “Weekend Edition” about California’s proposal to ban texting while riding a bike. Come on, people, what piece of one’s brain has to be missing to think that anyone can successfully ride a bike (up hill in San Francisco) while focusing on a small device that one has to hold with both hands and punch with two thumbs?

I’ve written about distracted driving before (“Zombies and Tech Stuff,” November 3, 2009 and “Driving While Dialing,” February 4, 2009.) Nothing seems to have changed. Even Connecticut’s newest push for tougher enforcement of its law hasn’t decreased the crime. At least not yet, based on what Larry and I have seen in our travels around central Connecticut.

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One Response to “Oprah Joins the Chorus”

  1. Your Brain On … « Lizr128′s Blog Says:

    […] was about to update distracted driving (second item in “Good News,” “Oprah Joins the Fray,” “The Fuzzy Dice Stay in the Picture – Maybe” ). Then Terry Gross conducted “Digital […]

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