Let me start this post out with a really old joke:
A man pulls into town with a truckload of fish. The game warden sees him and asks him how he caught them.
"Come on I'll show you," he says. The guy gets in the boat with the warden and proceeds to the middle of the lake. The warden asks "how do you catch fish with no pole?"
The man opens box pulls out a stick of dynamite and lights it. The warden says "Hey that's illegal! I'm going to have to arrest you." The man hands the warden the sizzling dynamite and says you going to talk or fish?
I live in Minnesota where a lot of people, including me, like to go fishing. There's an incredible amount of technology that seems to be involved in catching a 2 pound walleyed pike. I may be a luddite, but to me it's getting out of hand.
When my brother goes fishing (that's him above), he does so in a $10,000 special purpose fishing boat outfitted with:
- (2) gasoline motors, one large and one small
- electric trolling motor with foot operated remote control
- (3!) combination depth finder/fish finder sonars (get this) networked together using some sort of ethernet LAN
- Walkie Talkie to talk to other fishermen
- Air and water temperature sensors
- Several special purpose boron-fiberglas-carbon rods
- Aluminum/titanium/plutonium spinning, bait casting, and spin casting reels
- Several hundred dollars worth of tackle
- Oxygenated live well to optimize bait viability
Although Steve doesn't have one, other people use underwater television cameras and who knows what else. Furthermore, they wear polarized oakleys, space age quickdrying fabric vests, "fishing boots" and so on.
I have a question about all this: Is there a backlash out there against all this technology for as simple an activity as trying to catch a fish? For example does anyone know if there's an association of "cane pole" fishermen and women? If I eschewed all this technology in favor fishing with a cane pole from a dock or rowboat, using a worm or minnow, how many less fish would I catch? Isn't there a diminishing return on using all this technology. I mean, it's just fishing.
Also, are there similar examples of backlash against technology in other sports? For example, tennis players who use wooden racquets? Hockey players who play on out door rinks? Please, I'd like to hear about other examples or general thoughts about this if you've got them.