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    Bitters - A work in progress

     

    Bitters were suggested in a blog entry in June 2009. This page collects the notes about them from that entry, and from other subsequent sources.

    They are named after Twitter - a site they particularly hate. Bitters basically feel drowned by the technology everywhere, and yet are niggled by the idea that they ought to be trying to keep up. They were always crap with technology, they loathe any type of user manual, and feel a peculiar mix of resentment, jealousy and hatred when they see see people such as the work experience kid clutching their copy of Wired and doing something futuristic on their iPhone.

    Secretly, even though half of them do media jobs where it is quite essential the Bitters wish it would just all go away. However, they do have urges to catch up and get on top of it, which is why they bought an iPod and then didn't get round to actually loading it with songs because they could not face the inevitable disappointment of it going wrong. They will have signed up to various websites, only to log on once then never return because they forgot their password and log in.

    Not necessarily over 30 - there is marked tendency among the under-30s to opt out of the tech rush on the grounds that face to face contact can be just as rewarding as Facebook.