Wednesday, August 31, 2005

iPods Everywhere

Have you noticed how often iPods are mentioned these days, in one context or another? Both Gdog and Gsog have iPods, Wosog is not interested in one, and I'm saving up for mine: says a lot doesn't it!

The current generation of under-35s has been christened "The iPod Generation", not because they all have one: they do, but iPod is supposed to be an acronym for insecure, pressurised, over-taxed and debt-ridden. The think-tank Reform reckons the older generation should feel sorry for them, but Giles Hattersley in the Sunday Times at the weekend was not convinced. To summarise his entertaining article, he believes that if they simply exercised some self-denial and delayed gratification, the financial difficulties that they frequently bemoan would more or less disappear. He prefers to identify the iPod generation as an infantile posse of over-indulged drunks!

Elsewhere in the news we find the financial naiveness of the young expressed in the fact that more than one in ten of them think that an ISA is an accessory for an iPod!

Finally, there is the intriguing evidence that the iPod was, in fact, designed by none other than Leonardo da Vinci. Who would have thought it? Was there no limit to that man's scientific genius?