Sunday, June 5, 2011
Digital or Digit?
As I walked on, it occurred to me how rarely this seems to happen now. It was about two years ago when I was last flipped off. I was headed west on the BQE under the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. A driver cut me off on the curve in a fashion even I thought too aggressive, so I flipped her off. She held up her middle finder to her rearview mirror. Bird-in-the-Mirror. Nice move, I thought, and smiled. It felt so familiar and, strange to say, friendly.
Maybe we're all too busy texting each other to send out the original analog WTF or FU message.
There are lots of histories of the gesture on the Internet, tracing it back to the British archers at the battle of Agincourt or the ancient Greeks.
Posted by Be the BQE at 5:55 AM