British comedic writers Steve Lowe and Brendan McArthur have made a career of sorts bitching about â€˜modern conveniencesâ€™ through a collection of books. The best bits have been sandwiched into Is It Me or Is Everything Shit? with additional observations added in by Daily Show writer/American Brendan Hay. For the most, the book has some pretty hilarious, astute observations. Like their straight to the point take on Hare Krishnas: â€œHare, hare Krishna/Hare hare/hare Bullshit/Bullshit/Bullshit Krishna/Hare bullshit/Bullshit hare/(Repeat).â€
The book does slant predictable British with some entries that will have you scratching your head if youâ€™re not anglophile with regular access to the BBC, but the addition of Hay helps. Cataloged alphabetically (from â€œAbstinence Programsâ€ to â€œZ-List celebrities Saving the Planetâ€) the book serves as a cynicâ€™s encyclopedia. There are a handful of truly laugh-out loud entries (â€œPowerPoint: The Microsoft tool that encourages people to think and talk like fuckheads.â€) and the rest generate a chuckle at the very least. Though be warned, after finishing the book, youâ€™re likely to be left with the uneasy feeling that youâ€™ve been conned into buying, using, obsessing over a boatload of useless modern contraptions that do little more than make you look, act and feel like a tool (â€œBlackberries: What exactly the fuck do you think youâ€™re doing to yourselves?â€).
Is It Just Me or Is Everything Shit?: Insanely Annoying Modern Things/ 2008 Grand Central Publishing / 272 Pages / http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/books_9780446197885.htm