“In moral crisis” or “immoral crisis”? Oh you wacky cell phone, you…

I was driving through Greene County yesterday, and out of the corner of my eye, I spotted something.

It was a very distinctive artistic spraypainted tag.  Someone had makred up a steel girder with an American flag.

Not just any American flag, mind you … an upside-down flag.

As you know from flag etiquette, an upside-down ensign means danger or distress.

And as you also know … I saw something like this, I had to stop and take a picture.

Parked the car, walked across the street, and snapped a shot.


I wrote a simple caption for the picture – “Even the graffiti artists know we are a nation in moral crisis, #reunitefamilies.”

Got back in the car, and kept on driving.

Later on at my next destination – essentially a stop at a Subway sandwich shop where they offer a free cookie if you get a sandwich with “double meat,” except if you order a wrap that already has “double meat,” nice bait and switch, Subway… – I checked my Instagram account to see if anyone liked the photo.

A few people did.  And then I noticed…

The auto-correct feature on my phone had changed my wording of “in moral crisis” to “immoral crisis.”  See?  Look up at the beginning of this blog post.

Wow.  My cell phone went all HAL 9000 on me, and changed “in moral crisis” to “immoral crisis.”  As in, did my phone think that the upside-down flag was immoral?  Or that I was immoral for taking a picture of graffiti?

I have no idea what to think at this point … but if my phone’s taking its own opinions to heart, and changing things that I wrote based on its own artificial intelligence and concepts…

The next time I power down the phone, I’d better not hear it moaning, “Daisy, daisy, give me your answer do…”

Because that would be an immoral crisis, if you ask me. 😀