What the Heck's Wrong With My Remote?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408

Fernando Herboso  in a comment to my post To Real Estate or Not to Real Estate wrote "One thing for sure.. most people have 3 seconds to give you. . .long blog. . long wait".

Photo of a girl with remoteI certainly agree that brevity is important. I am not sure, however, that it is a good idea to apply this 3 sec rule to our life.

I am not ready to limit my friendships to 3 seconds even in the era of twitter or whatever is there. I am not happy to narrow myself to fast food only... Would you really enjoy a 3 second sex? To what extent do we want to short sale our lives?

Have you seen on TV a Rosetta Stone ad featuring Michael Phelp? America, like Micharl Phelps, loves speed. We became the country of immediate gratification. If we want something, we want it yesterday, and we have a very short attention span for that.

I remember a snow storm in March in New York. The bridges were closed, and local TV was showing how people were doing their job to keep the city running. A guy called Daily News and complained that he had not received his Sunday paper. Hey, the bridges are closed, they couldn't deliver it. Yep, he knows. But the newspaper was supposed to be there by 7 AM at his door and it wasn't. Yes, he knew about the storm,  that the bridges were closed, but he needed the newpaper to read about all that...

In reality wars are not a TV show. Yes, Clint Eastwood could win a war faster and more decisively, but Eastwood is not in Iraq and Petreas is not in Hollywood. But we do not care. And we should.

Real life does not start with a click of your remote. And it does not end there either.

Hey, General, you got 3 seconds: one...two...three... What, we are still there? We are still in Iraq? What the heck's wrong with my remote?

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Simon Conway
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Excellent points as usual Jon. You have a way of making your point in simplistic ways which is very useful. OK - on to the next thing! :)

Sep 28, 2008 04:54 PM #1
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Jon ~

Congratulations this post is now featured in the Blatant Politics Group of Active Rain.

Sep 28, 2008 04:55 PM #2
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Mary Warren
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Excellent Jon!  We are a want now, feel good society....hurry up, get it over with and on to other things.  No 3 seconds for me in anything.

Sep 28, 2008 04:59 PM #3
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Susan Hilton
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Too many times we treat relationships this way - "twitter me"...

I think building relationships is way more important than a twit...

As for the newspaper - tell the guy to get a computer. It is all online and no trees had to die. :)

Thanks for the post!

Sep 28, 2008 05:01 PM #4
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Simon -  Thanks. Where I end, that's where Ted Baker starts (LOL)

And thanks for the feature

Sep 28, 2008 05:15 PM #5
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Mary - 3 sec for Tolstoy's War and Peace, what would that be, blitzkrieg? (LOL)

Thanks for commenting

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Susan - we already see people who say they have friends that they made on the internet. For me friends are a bit more than twitting..

Sep 28, 2008 05:20 PM #7
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Very good thinking. As a matter a fact, I was discussing with my business partner on a 3sec marketing rule. I kind of disagree. Now I just need to show him this post.

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Huiting - I guess the most important is that there is nothing that fits every situation. SOmetimes you need 3 sec, sometimes 3 hours, and sometimes years. In real estate we most probalby will have all of that.

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We do live in an instant gratification world these days.  Folks don't have any patience anymore.  Truth is, sometimes things have to be earned and that can take time.  Things also tend to mean more when you've earned them rather than having them handed to you.  In the days of 107% financing there's no real incentive... no personal stake in the house.  It becomes just another 'thing' they can walk away from it need be. That, my friend, is a sad commentary on the state of the Union if you ask me.

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Jesse - life obviously becomes more complicated and fast paced, and more so every day, and on the other hand it becomes shallow and superficial. Things of convenience, and the ability to get everything fast and packaged brought Fast Food, Drive-Through Churches, one-night stand-style relationships...

Of course, you can read Leo Tolstoy's "War & Peace" and it would take you a week, or you can watch a movie, and be done in few very entertaining hours. But this is not the same. We are losing another dimension, which is in reading, which is a mental process, different from watching a movie. Reading a book you use your imagination. you have to visualize the scened, you have to understand the intricate fabric of the novel, understand the philosophy... In a movie you have to chew what other people did with the novel. You see it with their eyes. Movie is an adaptation, and every adaptation is losing to the text.

I read several pieces by Dostoyevsky. "The Karamazovs Brothers" (not sure that this is the way it is in English) I did  not read prior to watching the absolutely terrific, a genius movie. But I could not read it after that. The movie with its strong images set me on the only way it could be read, and it was in conflict with the novel. The interesting thing is that I, on the other hand, could not watch any movie based on his novels, which I read first.

Just interesting.

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