Overheard on CNN.com: BlackBerry outage not all bad
BlackBerry customers around the world are experiencing a service outage, but some CNN.com readers say they don't see that as a problem
October 12th, 2011
04:04 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: BlackBerry outage not all bad

Comment of the day:

“In other news: person to person contact is up for the first time in years.” – columbridae

Outage hits North America

As the BlackBerry service outage continued into its third day, it hit North America, prompting massive complaints from customers. Some said the outage has disrupted their business and personal lives.

But most CNN.com commenters took the outage in stride; some even said they could see the positives of people being unable to access their BlackBerrys.

Rock2 said, “Good spend some time talking face to face again; it’s a lost art.”

DarkMarcsun said, “In unrelated news, automobile crashes caused by distracted driving are down 15 percent since Monday.”

cdub2k said, “Oh, no! Now I can't text or look at my Facebook while I'm driving, walking, running, at work, at school, at church, while sleeping, on the forklift, at dinner, at the game, while talking to someone simultaneously texting someone else...”

RKW29 said, “Steve Jobs convinced God to switch from a blackberry to an iphone.”

guest482 said, “I think the outage is great, go out and ride a bike...or maybe talk to someone face to face...crazy talk I know.”

7Se7en7 said, “Remember back when leaving your house also meant leaving your phone? Now we act as if our lives will fall apart if we can't read tweets about what Ashton Kutcher had for lunch and ‘Like’ that the girl you haven't seen since 1st grade and is now 43 years old just finished another level in Angry Birds. I mean, being connected is fun and all, but if we go off the grid a few days and as a result we cannot function, well, then we're screwed.”

6OnionRings responded, “Don't you dare talk s#!t about Angry Birds.”

GRS62 said, “Oh no, I can't tweet... it's the end of the world!”

Alamosakid said, “One person wrote that the lack of their Blackberry web/texting services prevented them from studying. lol. Right.”

B19751812 responded, “They need to be reminded that there are these rectangle and square things called books that have a lot of interesting things in them.”

DEECEE12 said, “Or at least bother to open their book bags and take out their laptop, it's not that dusty piece of equipment, yet. One can still email and browse on a full size keyboard with touch typing, right?”

austinmike61 said, “It's a crying shame people are so dependent on these devices. If they stop working people have a melt down.”

Leave religion out of it

CNN contributor, author and former U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett says Rev. Robert Jeffress’ comments regarding Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s religion only hurt the GOP presidential race. Bennett also asserts that “there is no religious test for public office, it’s a matter of political principles.”

While most CNN.com readers said that they agreed with Bennett, some admitted that religion does a play a part in who they vote for — including atheists who don’t appreciate religion-centered campaigns and readers who are turned off by candidates overselling their Christianity.

rmorris2 said, “Christians JUDGING Christians? Is that right?”

ThinkWinWin said, “Separation of Church and State. Religion has no place in government or politics.”

gawill1234 said, “One of these days, all parties will realize that injecting religion into a campaign will, in the long run, only hurt the party, the government and the nation. Passing laws based on religion is akin to passing laws based on race. And I do agree with Mr. Huntsman: Jeffress is a narrow minded, bigoted, racist, moron.”

seymores said, “At least Romney doesn't go around preaching everywhere he goes. He does not shove his religion down our throats. Bachman (sic) and Palin and most others enjoy shoving their religion down everybody's throat just to kiss up to the religious Right. I am a Christian myself and that flat out ticks me off.”

MiyMimi said, “Unfortunately, the GOP has built their political base around religion for the past 30 years. As far as I'm concerned, they cooked their goose long ago.”

KennyBaby said, “As soon as a politician opens their yap and espouses some BS about religion and/or the Bible, I count them out. The Republicans have been puking out religion since Reagan and Bush. They are nothing but ignorant hypocrites. Practice your religion in your church and home, not in my government. The Constitution guarantees freedom of religion and freedom from religion.”

aduklips said, “You seem to have left out atheists as warranting the same respect as those who are religious. According to polls, the vast majority of the voting public would dismiss an atheist candidate out of hand. Atheism is, as Richard Dawkins has said, ‘the new scarlet letter.’ These evangelicals think that THEY'RE being discriminated against? That's a joke.”

cygnusa said, “I judge candidates on their religion. We should fear putting the keys to the nuclear arsenal in the hands of a person that thinks fairies live in the sky, that bad red skinned horned dudes live below the ground, that snakes can talk and that the world is only 6000 years old and populated by an incestuous 'first family.'"

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Not all bad?
    They expect to be paid anyway.

    October 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    The atheists are just as rabid at times as the religious.
    Everyone needs to take a step back and figure out what is good for the *country*!

    October 12, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • AGuest9

      Religion has no place in government or politics. If it did, it would violate the First Amendment.

      October 20, 2011 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. Anomic Office Drone

    If I'm not mistaken, of the smartphones pictured above only one of them is actually a BlackBerry. Poor photo choice, CNN.

    October 12, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kd

    its time for blackberry user's to switch to the iPhone.

    October 12, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • AGuest9

      How well does the iPhone integrate with MS Office on an enterprise level?

      October 20, 2011 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. Erskine Sam

    It's so amazing how we've built our lives in the virtual world and not paying attention to the beauty of PHYSICAL attachments and the joy it brings us. Reading through various blogs and comments on this outage I couldn't help but be surprised at how certain users described themselves as being CLOSE to suicidal et al. How bad can that be? Get out from the comfort of your sofa's and make some meaningful conversation with a person and it will be refreshing

    October 13, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. AGuest9

    So, you had to sit at home and give out your home phone number to all of your customers, or buy a throw-away cell. No wireless email – major suck in the oncall world.

    October 20, 2011 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
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    Excellent story. I've saved your website so I can revisit your future news. Keep up the great work!

    April 20, 2012 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |