I was at the natural health food store last night with my family and there was this hippie girl there, completely decked out in hippie garb with a guitar, a knapsack – the complete bohemian package. She was singing to herself and looking a little spaced out. Very much the prototypical modern day hippie. And she was sitting there playing with her iPhone.
Okay, so I don’t begrudge people their lifestyle choices. I had my hippie phase, too (well, my quasi-hippie phase in any case). But an iPhone – or really any cell phone, but especially the really expensive ones, the ones that require you to pay for the internet as well as phone service – just strikes me as really about as anti-bohemian as anything I can think of.
In fact, I bet if the iPhone (and the internet) had been around in the 1960’s there would have been no hippie movement at all. Yes, these tools are great for organizing movements. But the power of distraction and the distraction of materialism are both exacerbated by our many digital toys. And when hippies with all the trappings of a drifter are still packing iPhones…well, I think it pretty much puts the nail in that particular counter-cultural coffin.