While streams of email flood most of our inboxes, director Woody Allen remains happily disconnected from much of the virtual world.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Allen admitted to owning an iPhone, but only for making calls and listening to jazz records while traveling. He doesn't have a computer, he said, and he doesn't even use email -- ever. (He does, however, read The Huffington Post.)
"I have never sent an email in my life. I never received an email. I have two buttons [on my iPhone] I can touch -- the weather and the Huffington Post," he told WSJ.
Allen has directed hit films over the span of several decades, including the 1977 classic "Annie Hall," as well as more recent award winners like "Midnight in Paris." Even in his movies set during modern times, you'll rarely see Allen's characters texting or scrolling through Twitter feeds.
"I tend to have my characters use typewriters, because that's the way that I think. I think they're home with a typewriter. I hate when I have to put them home with a word processor or something," the tech-shy director told the Journal and admitted that he isn't really a fan of "anything mechanical."
Allen isn't the only celebrity to shun many of the latest trends in consumer tech and online culture. Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan recently ranted to Antiquiet about negativity on Facebook pressuring people to change their ideals.
"You’ve got a Facebook with a few hundred friends. If you do something truly radical, are you ready to withstand the forty negative comments? Most people aren’t. So they’re getting peer pressured at levels they don’t even realize. It’s what you don’t say," said Corgan. "It’s like the government spying on us. Right? Now it becomes about what we don’t say."
He also railed against what he sees as "cuddly" music that's too "iTunes friendly."
In 2010, Reuters reported that singer-songwriter John Mellecamp said that the Internet had "destroyed the music business" and called it "the most dangerous thing invented since the atomic bomb."
Last year, actress Winona Ryder came right out and said she's afraid of the Internet.
What are your thoughts on these stars' wariness toward tech? Do you think they have a point? Share your opinions in the comments.
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