Before the app, before the smartphone, before the network, there was the bus. And the bus headed south from San Francisco toward a new world.
So begins an interesting post at Nicholas Carr’s Rough Type Blog Carr looks at the difference between the bus (as a stand in for society) as exemplified in Tom Wolfe’s classic The Electric Kool- Aid Acid Test (Ken Kesey, the Merry Pranksters and the 1960s) and the Google Bus of today.
Read the post, it raises some interesting points.
Finally this quote from Wolfe’s classic, which Carr uses to set the scene for his discussion:-
“There are going to be times,” says Kesey, “when we can’t wait for somebody. Now, you’re either on the bus or off the bus. If you’re on the bus, and you get left behind, then you’ll find it again. If you’re off the bus in the first place — then it won’t make a damn.” And nobody had to have it spelled out for them. Everything was becoming allegorical, understood by the group mind, and especially this: “You’re either on the bus . . . or off the bus.” –Tom Wolfe
This resonates with me today, as it did when I first read it many years ago. We can use to be on the bus, or we can let it go without us.