Monday, January 12, 2009

People who talk cellular might talk to someone else

safety | studio | scared

So if one takes the recommendations of the National Safety Council to their illogical conclusion, you end up living, or not living, like the person being addressed in Paul McCartney's song "Waterfalls."

Yet, as Gary Coleman would say, there are different strokes for different folks. If you're the boy in the plastic bubble, perhaps you might pursue a more risk averse lifestyle than, say, Robbie Knievel.

Who should determine the level of risk that is acceptable for any one person? There are, of course two extremes:
  • The libertarian extreme that states that as long as you're not harming anyone else, you can consume all the meth you want, blast your headphones at 11, and have unprotected sex with any consenting sentient being that you can find.

  • The societal extreme that states that you must remain in the best possible condition to contribute to society at large. In this case, you wouldn't only ban the cell phone in the car, you'd probably ban the car.
However, the world does not consist of one society. If you think we are truly one, I'll say you're a dreamer, and a misguided one at that. There are many societies, and we are members of multiple societies. My FriendFeed circle, for example, is a society, and this particular society is outside the purview of the U.S. government. To a point, Duncan Riley really doesn't care what the U.S. Federal government or the Ontario, California City Council implements.

So, what do you think? How safe should we be, and who should determine this?

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