A timely article as the high pries of the Silicon Valley Church of Scienceology cult get ever more fanatical in promoting their “if it’s newer it must be better” dogma. Touch screens have their uses but in many applications are a nightmare for users.
We need to unlearn the dogma and relearn the art of discrimination. Discriminate has become a dirty word thanks to the efforts of the politically correct crowd.
We should discriminate when judging technology between that which does the job well and safely and that which is purely a gimmick. And we should also be wary of things which offer to make life more convenient by doing simple, everyday things for us (like pressing a button or turning a dial,) the plan is to make us dependent on machines and thus on the corporations that make them.
I drive a 20 year old car, maintained to near showroom condition, and the entertainment system consists of a radio with cassette deck for which I have an adaptor to plug my mp3 player into. The system also has a CD player which were fashionable at the time. That was a crap idea, the CDs jump when you hit a stretch of rough road.
But it’s been very simple to rip my CDs, convert to mp3 format and store them on the player which will hold enough music to keep me entertained if I had to drive from Amsterdam to Athens. Who needs a state of the art, touch screen interface.