10-4 Peeps!

I was driving through a small country crossroads town today and was reminded of a woman who lived there back in the 70s. Her CB (citizen’s band) handle was, I think,  Grandma or Granny and she was renowned in these parts for her thick hillbilly accent, constant presence on the air, and arguing with other CBers who would come on her favorite channel and “agitate” her.

Don’t think I ever knew who she really was and I am presuming that she, like CB radio, has passed on. Then it struck me that CB isn’t gone, it’s just morphed into a different form. Today’s version of CB is Facebook. Ah, 10-4 peeps?

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Stacey Austin Merritt
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Stacey Austin Merritt

Yeah, Larry, you’re “preaching to the choir,” if you’re trying to convince me that CB’ing is similar to FB’ing; you’re 100% correct about that; however, the two are also completely (or nearly so) dissimilar. With Facebook, for example, you and I can carry on a conversation even though both our time online and our distance apart are drastically juxtapositioned, something that was, and remains, totally impossible with CB’ing. I’m not trying to argue or even get you to see it as I do because you are correct because, with Facebook, just as with CBs, two (or more) regular Toms, Jills,… Read more »

Stacey Austin Merritt
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Stacey Austin Merritt

Well, Larry, you have a point, but at the same time it’s like a paradox; you’re completely correct, while, at the same time, totally wrong. Yes, one can real-time chat on Facebook, so that seems like the CB days, however, even with really powerful, and illegal, and mostly ignored, base stations it’d been quite difficult to have a “chat” like this one with someone in Greenfield, or Hillsboro, Ohio and another person in Phillipsburgh, Kansas, and with Facebook one can have these chats in other that real or ordinary time, something that would’ve been impossible and not at all comparable… Read more »