By now everyone but me has seen the "Woman falls into fountain while texting" video. I heard about it, but didn't bother. With some things, once you hear the title, you've heard everything you need to know.
It's that way with this video too, but that doesn't mean that its utility has ended.
If only she had the new iSight app that would show you what's ahead of you so that you could then use your iFail to see clearly to walk. Now THERE'S an idea!!
I believe that this woman's misfortune perfectly represents the USA at the current moment.
We are texting and walking through the mall. We are so absorbed in ourselves, our toys, our tech, our own little world that we neglect even the most fundamental of tasks. It never occurs to us that something may be ahead of us. That the smooth, level walking surface may change. Or that anything might change. When we reach that first indicator of trouble, we'll try to step over it-even though it's totally wrong. Our brain is so absorbed that we literally cannot even walk right. And so, we're headed for disaster on the big screen while unseen viewers will laugh at our misfortune and stupidity.
Execpt that in reality, we're walking not into a tame pool of water a foot deep , but over The Cliffs of Insanity. There'll be no "hot coffee" lawsuits after this fall.
Updated: I created a visual especially for this. Link is here