Once upon a time you were reminded to be polite by your peers, and there was time to think before (and after) you said something. Those days are long gone, because whilst verbal exchanges can be forgotten over time, the Internet has the "memory" of several elephants and tends to keep your ill fated words buzzing around like angry hornets waiting to sting you, or any other individual unfortunate enough to get caught up in the next social intruige.
To paraphrase Andy Warhol: "Everyone will be infamous for their fifteen minute post of shame".
PS: I hope that the original purchaser gets their controller and is extremely pleased with it. I hope that the manufacturer works out how to manage their inventory and ordering system and above all I hope that everyone else enjoys their holidays with whatever toys they *did* receive for Christmas. Happy Holidays.
What has happened is the erosion of education standards to the point where everyone appears to be doing better, and an enlarging of higher education to make people feel that a degree is available for everyone, as a right, not a privilege. Teachers become minders and entertainers, exams become minor bumps in a student's progress and the student arrives age 21 spectacularly ill prepared for the reality of the 21st century jobs market.
At best e-learning helps from the sidelines, but there is no way you can replace small class sizes, good teachers and motivated parents who have a desire for their children to learn something. A Kindle cannot teach a student, just by virtue of being a Kindle, in just the same way as a book won't teach you how to be a brain surgeon.
I'm not going to take away from the positives of iPads or Kindles though: they're fabulously convenient form factors for certain types of media consumption. There is however a problem: people are attempting to use the iPad and the Kindle as a solution to every problem out there, rather than decent media consumption platforms.
"Floggings will continue until morale improves." -- anonymous flyer being distributed at Exxon USA