Social media path unplugs Giants fans 

San Francisco Giants boosting social media experience inside AT&T Park,” Local News, Thursday

Social media path unplugs Giants fans

2006-2012: Everyone ignores the game while staring at their smartphone.

2013: The Social Media Center opens so people can gather together to ignore the game, stare at their phone, and then see if what they typed/shot shows up on a larger screen.

2015: Everyone goes back to ignoring the game from their seats, never focusing their eyes beyond the display of their Google Glasses.

2016: Social Media Center TVs go dark and noise restrictions are put in place to provide fans with optimal conditions for content creation/consumption on Google Glasses and the newly-introduced Apple iMonocle.

2020: Giants announce that seating in AT&T Park will be replaced with individual “Social Media Pods” designed to maximize the Google Glass/Apple iMonocle experience for fans. Pods are soundproof and only offer a view of the field through a small opening in the Pod — not unlike the slots in Fenway’s Green Monster that the scoreboard operators use. Sound generated in the Pods is piped to the field to provide players with a “social experience,” (profanity and negative comments are muted).

2021: Giants announce the opening of an “Unmodified Human Experience” section of the park that will have beer, food, no restrictions on noise or language and a clear view of the field.

Jeff Rivers
El Cerrito

Fight over water bottles in federal parks comes to San Francisco,” Local News, Wednesday

Water not the biggest woe

I wish Supervisor David Chiu would tackle some real problems — like The City’s billions in unfunded liabilities, or the swelling number of homeless in his district — instead of addressing the sale of bottled water.

Is it really a big problem? Really?

Tim Donnelly
San Francisco


“Tourism,” Local News, Friday

Make tourists pay, not us

It’s nice to hear that tourism is up and the cabs, restaurants and hotels are making money.

What I’d like to know is why Muni gets to continue to make money while robbing the residents of this incredible city?

I live three doors from Powell Street and work on the California line, but never take the cable car because I feel it is so unfair to charge city residents $6.

How about this, Muni? You continue to charge the tourist your current rate, while you charge actual S.F. residents only $2. Because, believe it or not, the cable car is just a bus to us.

Charging for parking meters on Sunday? It’s not right. It’s not befitting of The City that I have lived in for the past 24 years.

The tourism article proves there’s money being made ... so how about you stop robbing those of us who already pay exorbitant prices to live in S.F.?

Sandy E’Bell
San Francisco


Violent video games

Use fees to fund services

I urge California and federal legislators to consider “impact fees” on producers of violent video games and movies to fund expanded mental treatment, justice system, etc., for our youth who are increasingly addicted to violence with expanding technology.

Repeated exposure to violent stimulation is well known to lead to more violent behavior, much in the way that alcohol and tobacco are taxed to address the very real impacts they have on society. We don’t need another study.

I would prefer the government restrictions focus on potential psycho-killers and the urban drug warfare, instead of limiting the ability of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves against armed criminals, drug addicts and lunatics who have been allowed to run free in our public spaces.

Judy West
San Francisco

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