Louis C.K. On The Real Problem With Smartphones

Appearing on Conan, Louis C.K. brilliantly deconstructs why he hates the technology surrounding us and why he won’t allow his kids to have smartphones – they become tools for avoiding sadness and loneliness, and thus a true understanding of the self:

8 Comments on "Louis C.K. On The Real Problem With Smartphones"

  1. swabby429 | Sep 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm |

    And so a Verizon banner ad just happens at the top of the page. 🙂

  2. atlanticus | Sep 20, 2013 at 8:50 pm |

    Awesome. Makes me feel so much better about being too poor to justify a smartphone. I’ll stick with escapist fantasies in my own mind’s eye, thank you very much.

  3. If he could put aside the silly/pedestrian/mediocre comedy, he could easily occupy that same place as Lenny Bruce, Bill Hicks, George Carlin. He has something of value to offer underneath the safe as milk routines he offers for mass consumption.

    • mannyfurious | Sep 23, 2013 at 3:54 pm |

      Are you serious. Let’s be totally honest here for a moment. Let’s take off our “I-wanna-be-a-subversive-revolutionary” hard hats here for a moment and just be honest. As right as he was about a lot of things, Bill Hicks was never funny. Ever. He was right. He was smart and intelligent and kind of witty. But I have never truly laughed at Bill Hicks. And the same is true for George Carlin after like 1979 or some shit (George Carlin is my favorite comedian, by the way, so I’m not just talking out of my ass here).

      Louis C.K. is so great precisely because he’s gotten beyond that self-absorbed bitterness. He’s beyond politics, thank god. His work explores exactly what it means to be human in an increasingly inhuman world. What it means to deal with self-doubt and disappointment in a way that is true and human and raw. And it’s goddamned funny on top of all that. You know, a lot like George Carlin before he just decided to get on stage to preach shit we should all already know.

      • Bill Hicks was funny to me. Your perception of him is subjective. And as to preaching shit we all know. Well, *NOT* everyone knows it, and hence requires some preaching. Thanks to those who “preach” i had my eyes opened to some things when I was a kid.

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