From January through March 0f 2018, 26% fewer mobile phones were shipped in the Chinese market compared to 2017.

“Doublethink lies at the very heart of Ingsoc, since the essential act of the Party is to use conscious deception while retaining the firmness of purpose that goes with complete honesty.”

George Orwell, from “1984“, 1949



August 30, 2016 – Worldwide tablet market expected to rebound in 2018, says IDC

February 5, 2018 – IDC: Tablet shipments decline for 13th straight quarter




Looking hard for a drive-in, searching for a corner café
Where hamburgers sizzle on an open grill night and day
Yeah, and a juke-box jumping with records like in the U.S.A.

Chuck Berry, from “Back in the U.S.A.”, 1959



Oh well, oh well, I feel so good today. Because slowly, inexorably, but with ever-increasing speed, the general populace is realizing that technology in its current manifestations is very, very bad for you. And they are giving it up, like you’d give up drinking to excess, or drug abuse.

Since crime rates, and divorce rates, and smoking, and drinking, and a host of other things are dropping like stones, around the globe, to their lowest levels in history, the bizarre wave of Technology Addiction that we currently inhabit will be the end, where we turn the corner as a human family.

The only bad metrics we’ve got going on at the moment are a certain subset of the phone-addicted killing themselves at unprecedented rates, and that same subset mowing down pedestrians and wrecking cars, also at unprecedented rates.

Oh, wait, I forgot about the general increase in overall mortality we’ve seen worldwide for the past two years, straight. To preserve current programming levels, narrow eyes and bitterly affirm “yeah, but you can’t stop progress.”

Giving up human, interpersonal communication to engage in it on a “social media” platform is bizarre. Not quite as bizarre as the people who develop alternative online personae and live them out in discrete online “worlds”, but close. It’s a brief, deviant passage in human history, and it’s rapidly passing. The hardest part of a problem is realizing that you have one.

We’re going to come out the other side of this into school dances, and bobbing for apples, and quilting bee’s, as I’ve said to my friends for at least fifteen years, now, to general laughter.

I’m calling it – in the future, there’s going to be a juke box jumping with records. And hamburgers sizzling on an open grill night and day.



August 15, 2014 – Participation in high school sports on the rise

High school sports participation continues to increase in California and is at an all-time high for the second consecutive year, according to the 2014 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Sports Participation Survey.  Up by 0.64 percent since the previous survey in 2013, 763,306 student-athletes are competing in California high school athletic programs.

(Tersely leads with “on the rise”,  burying “at an all-time high for the second straight year” below it. That’s blatant negative hedging. To maintain current programming levels, narrow eyes and affirm “that’s because bad news sells.” – ed)


August 30, 2016 – Worldwide tablet market expected to rebound in 2018, says IDC


September 6, 2017 – High School Sports Participation Increases for 28th Straight Year, Nears 8 Million Mark

Led by the largest one-year increase in girls participation in 16 years, the overall number of participants in high school sports increased for the 28th consecutive year in 2016-17, according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

Based on figures from the 51 NFHS member state high school associations, which includes the District of Columbia, the number of participants in high school sports reached an all-time high of 7,963,535. The increase of 94,635 participants from 2015-16 is the largest one-year jump in overall participation since the 2008-09 school year.

(The headline hedges by leading with “increases for 28th straight year, nears 8 million mark” as “chaff”, and “reached an all-time high” is carefully “buried” down below. Did you notice that they gave you the numbers, but carefully hedged by withholding the percentage increase between them? So I had to do the math. They made it even worse by saying “the increase of 94,635”. So I had to do the subtraction, and then a separate percentage calculation. That’s called “harrying the opposition”. It’s a 1.2% percent increase. Did you also notice that they mention the 2008-9 increase, but won’t give you any information on that, either? The California article above shows a .64% increase from 2013 to 2014, so the positive change is increasing in speed and magnitude, doubling here to 1.2% at the macro level, just three years later. – ed)


September 12, 2017 – TV Ad Spend Drops As Cord-Cutting In The U.S. Accelerates

among U.S. adults will drop 3.1% to 3 hours 58 minutes.


January 30, 2018 – Facebook: Users spending 50 million fewer hours a day


February 5, 2018 – IDC: Tablet shipments decline for 13th straight quarter

The tablet market has now declined year-over-year for 13 quarters straight. Q4 2017 saw a 7.9 percent year-over-year decline: 49.6 million units shipped worldwide, compared to 53.8 million units in the same quarter last year. The only silver lining is that declines for 2017 haven’t been in the double-digits, like they were in 2016.


February, 8, 2018 – Tablet Traffic Remains Strong Despite Sales Drop

The report also found that tablet usage remains strong, despite a slowdown in sales of the devices over several quarters.

(Blatantly hedges by describing 13 straight quarters as “several” – ed)

Falling tablet sales figures may be related to market saturation and a long lifespan, especially for high-end tablet models. Tablet usage represents up to 16.9% of mobile traffic depending on the country. The most “tabletized” countries are mainly developed markets with France, the UK and Germany topping the list. For the USA, tablet traffic reached 8.5%. India is the country where tablets are least popular with only 2% share of the overall web traffic in the analyzed period.

(After waving it’s arms and blowing smoke about “usage” the article provides absolutely no information on the sales drop – there’s a global news blackout on the subject – ed)


February 20, 2018 – Facebook’s use by US consumers aged 18 or older fell 4% year-on-year in November, according to Nielsen stats cited by the Pivotal analyst Brian Wieser.


April 9, 2018 – Mobile Phone Sales Drop

According to data released by China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, during Jan-Mar 2018, 87.370 million mobile phones were shipped in Chinese market, down by 26.1% from last year.

(Tersely describes an epochal, catastrophic 26% decrease as a “drop” – ed)

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