The iPod Has Jumped The Shark

Well perhaps it hasn't jumped yet, but it has it's leather jacket on and is revving it's motorcycle in anticipation of a Robbie Knievel style leap over shark infested waters. Actually, with all the accessories available for now, I wouldn't be surprised if you could buy a leather jacket and motorcycle for your iPod. But why, you ask, am I picking on the iPod, the coolest gadget since Deion's Hot Dog Express? Well all the hype surrounding the "discovery" this week that President Bush has an iPod, makes me think the iPods' coolness factor is going the same direction Henry Winkler's career went after Happy Days: downhill.

I'm not trying to say that the iPod's going the way of the Betamax, it's going to be on the scene in some form or another for years. But I'd say it's reign as the coolest gadget going is perhaps coming to an end. Dubya is probably the uncoolest 50-something white dude going. The fact that he's got himself an iPod loaded up with tunes from George Jones, John Fogarty, and Alan Jackson to tool around his enormous ranch on his bike doesn't help the iPod's cutting edge image. Look at this quote in the article from some Rolling Stone dude "This is basically boomer rock 'n' roll and more recent music out of Nashville made for boomers. It's safe, it's reliable, it's loving. What I mean to say is, it's feel-good music. The Sex Pistols it's not." Yikes, I doubt Apples' going to want to have Dubya dancing around as a silhouette to My Sharona in their next ad.

I'm not sure why Bush even needs an iPod. Why doesn't he just have some Navy Seals kidnap John Fogarty and have him sing Centerfield live from the back of a truck as they follow Bush on his bike? Maybe no one would even notice John Fogarty was missing, but I digress. Basically it looks like you'd better get yourself an iPod quick fast if you want people to think you're hip for having one.

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