song for people who think the rise of twitter may mean the end of the world is nigh

“Oh Yoshimi, they don’t believe me
but you won’t let those robots eat me”
–“Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Part I”
The Flaming Lips

I hate Twitter. I won’t say I’ll never be on it but only because I’ve learned to not make grand proclamations on Things I’ll Never Do. (Hello there, Gabrielle version 2006 who swore she’d never blog — how ya like me now?) But I actually do feel a revulsion toward Twitter that I’ve never felt toward any other social networking website or related technology, and that I’m not sure I can fully explain.

Our song comes from the year 2002 and everyone who knows me will know that it’s one of my favorites.* I happen to like robots, though. One of the saddest things I read about the global economic crisis was that the recession in Japan was devestating the robot industry. It wasn’t all going to be building robot girlfriends for the socially inept either. There were going to be robots to care for old people, and you know, we could really use those.

*It is also one of Will Landsman’s favorites as readers of Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac will surely know.