電話交友新一章

How can people make new friends? Blind dates? Online chatrooms? Social networking? And what else?

How about "Posting your cell phone number on YouTube"?

Sounds crazy and dangerous, eh? But could it actually be a way both exciting and effective?

If you are still hesitant about this, see what happened to a young man in America after his brave attempt on YouTube.

Feel like talking to some strangers?


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"Just call and talk to me. I am here for everyone!"

美國一位年青人把手機號碼公布上網,結果接電話接到手軟...。大家是怎麼看這件事的呢?或許大多讀者會說,真是「歹年冬,搞哮朗」,但他到底為何要這麼做呢?...請看!

Luna: Ay, this is really a world where bizarre things are considered normal. You know what? A young man, unemployed, by the way, has become all the rage recently because of his posting on YouTube.

Tick: But there are tens of thousands of young people posting their videos on YouTube everyday. That site is simply loaded with videos of people acting stupid. Believe it or not, I have seen dozens of videos of people launching bottle rockets from their rear ends. So what's so special about this latest one?

Luna: This young man, named Ryan Fitzgerald, has posted his own cell phone number for everyone to call and talk to him.

Tick: Wow! That's really something creepy. It's no less silly than the rocket-from-rear-end thing. In fact, it could be very dangerous to have your phone numbers posted on the Internet. You never know who will call, or what those with malicious intentions can make of your phone numbers. Why did he do this? Was he nuts?

Luna: He said he wanted to "be there" for anyone who needed to talk. Lonely people, depressed people, poor people, etc. He wanted to establish some genuine human interaction via cell phones.

Tick: So, is he an apostle of universal LOVE? Love loves to love love. Callers call to call callers. Callers love to call lovers. …

Luna: Excuse me, what are you talking about?

Tick: Can't you see that I was elaborating on the spirit of universal love and its relationship with the telephone?

Luna: I see another lunatic in you. You can post what you just said on YouTube too, and get famous ……

Tick: Alright, forget it. So, did anyone actually call Ryan?

Luna: Yes, he was swamped with phone calls and text messages. He got more than 5,000 of them the weekend he first posted his phone number.

Tick: Just in two days? That is ridiculous… I haven't got 5,000 calls and text messages all my life. I wonder what these callers talked about. I would have nothing to say to those totally unknown to me. Just the thought of this makes me uneasy.

Luna: Apparently that's your case, not their problem. They talked about light topics like plans of the day, and serious ones as well, such as 9/11 conspiracy theories, or how hard it can be to be gay. Maybe also Greek Philosophy, I guess.

Tick: Or rather, GEEK philosophy. That's to be sure.

Luna: And this Ryan said he was inspired by Juan Mann, an Australian who offered "Free Hugs" to strangers in the streets. Juan said his free hugs can fulfill people's need for an anonymous place to dump their guilt, their suffering, and their anguish.

Tick: Amazing! This one is just the master of Ryan, the oracle of universal love that has successfully passed his spirit on to the apostle. Love hugs to hug love!

Luna: Hey, stop being cynical. I think Juan's campaign of "Free Hugs" is truly meaningful and inspirational. And he's much smarter than Ryan, too.

Tick: Fine, no more love loves to love love. But how is Juan smarter? Is it only because he didn't offer his cell phone numbers? For Hugging strangers in the streets may also be very risky. What if the one you put your arms around happens to be a psycho?

Luna: That, regrettably, cannot be prevented. But at least Juan clings tighter to his anonymity. "Juan Mann" is actually a pseudonym. And his charitable deeds cost himself nothing, unlike Ryan's.

Tick: I don't think that posting a video clip on YouTube costs anything. It's supposed to be free, isn't it?

Luna: Yes, it's free. But I was talking about his cell phone bill. Ryan did have free minutes on weekends, but in weekdays he must pay for every phone call he receives, not to mention the fees for his outgoing calls and messages. All these together will definitely cost him a great deal.

Tick: That's true. He'd better stop this talking-to-everyone enterprise, if not for sanity's sake, just for money's.

Luna: But he pledges to keep it up for as long as he can, despite the expense.

Tick: I remember you mentioned that he's unemployed, right? It won't be long before he realizes that he must give up. Let's see.

 

Wordbank:

bizarre (adj) 奇異的
conspiracy theory (n) 陰謀論
launch (v) 發射(火箭)
geek (n) 怪胎,怪咖
rear end (n) 臀部
anonymous (adj) 匿名的
malicious (adj) 惡意的
anguish (n) 極度的痛苦
nuts (adj) 發瘋的,傻的
cynical (adj) 挖苦的,嘲瘋的
genuine (adj) 真誠的
psycho (n) 精神異常的人,精神病患
apostle (n) 使徒
cling to (v) 緊握不放,堅持
elaborate (v) 詳盡闡述
pseudonym (n) 假名
lunatic (n) 瘋子
sanity (n) 理智
be swamped with (ph) 被...淹沒
pledge (v) 保證

 

相關連結:

CNN:Man posts cell number on YouTube, gets 5,000 calls

Philadelphia Inquirer:Only connect—till the free minutes run out

YouTube:I'm here for Everyone! Give me a call! 7742531962

Mail Guardian: Free hugs bring "Juan Mann" global fame

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