Trend alert! Stars are raging against the tiny machines that rule our lives. A brief survey:
Win Butler: Arcade Fire's excellent new Reflektor is – among other things – the year's funkiest diatribe against shiny flat things. "We fell in love when I was 19," sings Butler. "Now I'm staring at a screen." Ooh, burn!
Louis C.K.: The comic went on a brilliantly cranky rant on a recent Conan: "You never feel completely sad or completely happy [on a smartphone]. You just feel kind of satisfied with your product, and then you die."
Jonathan Franzen: The author of The Corrections and Freedom published a 6,300-word screed against "technoconsumerism" in England's The Guardian. It got more than 10,000 "shares" on Facebook.
Aziz Ansari: One of his latest bits is about how texting has made it too easy for dates to blow him off: "It's like you're a secretary for this shoddy organization scheduling the dumbest stuff with the flakiest people ever."
This story is from the December 5th, 2013 issue of Rolling Stone.