It might seem hypocritical of me to say that technology really bugs the hell out of me sometimes....especially when I'm sitting here typing this on my laptop, but this time cell phones and digital cameras are the culprit.
I was watching the move of John Paul II's body to St. Peter's Basilica, and as he was brought out into the open before the crowd of thousands, I was more than prepared to be moved to tears by an overwhelming wave of applause from his followers.
What did I see instead?
A sea of digital cameras and cell phones with built-in digital cameras. Does that seem completely innappropriate to anyone else? I realize that the audience wanted a keepsake....something to mark this historical event...the passing of a Pope that is the only one most of them have ever known....but, come on! Applaud for a good while before you start scrambling for a good shot. Better yet, go home and download one of the thousands of pictures from any and every news website imaginable. If you don't have a computer, get a friend to do it. Buy a newspaper, but don't take a picture at the procession!!!