Monday, June 09, 2008

Cell Phones and the Day of the Triffids

Many people these days are probably not too familiar with the book and movie (and English miniseries) called "the Day of the Triffids", but lately I have come to connect tenets of this Sci-Fi story to the use of cell phones.

Perhaps I should not start with Day of the Triffids, but with "28 Days Later", or "Twelve Monkeys", or similar doomsday scenarios, even with the latest Will Smith movie, "I Am Legend".

The similarity of all these movies is the man-made disaster (all biological in these examples aside from Triffids) and the resulting scenario where only a few are left alive and unaffected.

In the Day of the Triffids people probably associate more with the plants that kill people, and with 28 Days Later, the infected humans, that run like zombies.

But what I fear is the biggest similarity to Cell phones, is much, much worse. In Triffids everyone, well, almost, everyone was struck blind by staring at the sky for a few nights when a spectacular and bizarre meteor shower occurred. All those that could see would stare at the sky for hours. This of course, cause blindness to 99% of the world's population. The killing agent - aside from madness and depression - came in the form of a nasty plant. (I wont go into that , because my point lies elsewhere).

My point is, that like the bizarre but hazardous meteor shower, Cell phone use might end up being the cause for a sudden decrease in the world's population. Could you imagine? After lets say, 15 or 20 years, we have been using cell phones more, and more, and more.

What if, another 5 years goes by and the most zealous cell phone users begin to show in obvious figures, that the correlation to cell phones and some brain cancer or other illness, is clear. People will start dropping like flies. First, ironically, women perhaps, since they use the phone more, but generally, most 30 to 60 year olds will see the biggest swath of deaths.

Later, in degrees by use of cell phone, more and more drop. But those who are unaffected, are the kids. The youngest ones who have used the phone the least.

Perhaps this is a bit morbid. But after watching "I Am Legend", and recently hearing this radio podcast about the" Day of the Triffids" TV miniseries and then reading this new study of cell phone use, I couldn't help putting it all together.



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