Phipps: New Technologies Experience "Controversial Adoption Phase"

December 12, 2016 10:14 AM

Robert Alexander from Elbert County, Colorado was upset by my excitement over LED's - light-emitting-diodes:

"My favorite Liberal Elitist strikes again! What would we do without you pointing out our deplorable ignorance and stupidly? Your condescending lecture informing us of the benefits of LED lighting brought your arrogance to a whole new level.

FYI, people in agriculture are, for the most part, educated, hard-working, ethical, logical and tend to lean away from idealism. Just because we might disagree with your predictable rhetoric, don't think we're stupid. In fact, I believe that most of us who, unlike you, don't simply regurgitate the liberal education we were forced to sit through, are some of the most intelligent folks around utilizing logic, reason and free thought."

Thanks for your feedback, Robert and if you want a mug, send me an address. It's been nearly 50 years since I graduated, but this is the first time my degree in chemical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute in Terre Haute, Indiana has been described as liberal and elitist.

But that term has become kind of a code word, more than a literal description. I do understand how my enthusiasm over new technologies can get on people's nerves - my friends frequently roll their eyes as I blither on about new inventions or discoveries.

My point was that new technologies like LED's, regardless of how much they advance our lives, usually go through a controversial adoption phase, but perhaps that was old news to most of you.

By odd coincidence, your email arrived a few days before my birthday, and you're going to love what my engineer son and engineer daughter-in-law got me. Ta-da! A remote-controlled LED light bulb.

Not only can you turn it on and off, and dim it from with the remote - you can change the colors.

How cool is that?

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Rodger Meyer
Elk Mound, WI
12/12/2016 05:13 PM

  Every time somebody says something Trump supporters don't like then it's the liberal this the liberal that as if that is the only words these people know how to say. I have farmed for 64 years and many new Technology things have gotten me excited in the fact I don't have to work so hard to get the job done. These so called anti-liberal people must live a sad life.