There was once a time in America when the automobile was so commonplace that lengthy car trips were not uncommon, and yet smartphones did not yet exist. During this dark time, car trips could become boring. These boring car trips were so well known that they were regularly used as comedic fodder.
I just happened to realize this the other day. Gone are the days when car trips could be expected to be boring for anyone besides the driver. The commonplace of smartphones and the ubiquity of enumerated G cell phone networks have nearly eradicated this pocket of boredom.
I suppose that this means that technology has made people's lives better yet again, in that they need not suffer boredom. On the other hand, it won't be long before people show up who simply won't comprehend this aspect of older comedic film and television.
Shall I mourn this departure from the world of comedy?