I received an Amazon Echo as a gift from one of my kids a couple of years ago. I stared at it blankly and my son said “You don’t know what it is.” He was right. I had no clue what it was but I thought it was really cool looking.
Now I’m an Echo whiz kid, but one thing drives me crazy.
You can be rude with the Amazon Echo and it’s perfectly fine. It will be rude right back at you.
me: Alexa, please play Rolling in the Deep by Adele.
Echo: Playing Rolling in the Deep by Adele.
me: Thank you.
I refused to stop saying please and thank you for a long time, even though being polite wasn’t programmed into the Echo. I’ve pretty much given it up now, but saying please and thank you is programmed into me. I learned social politeness as a child, by my parents, my church and my school.
Now I’m a high school teacher. Some kids are totally polite and it’s lovely. Others are either outright rude or just don’t say please and thank you. Do we blame social media? Do we blame parents or schools?
I blame the Amazon Echo.
And don’t get me started about what the Echo says when I’m talking with my friend-in-real-life Alexa.