NBC's Today this morning introduced us to some tech-addled teens who were helpless without their mobile phones. Let's all point and laugh, and cry.

One kid must do without 17,500 texts per month, another says newspapers are hard to read, with all the page-turning.

But the they're probably wise to the larger game here: Yet another media outlet using them to implicitly hammer home the banality that technology melts young brains and even corrupts schooling. And maybe it's wise to play along. It's a short hop from looking like an idiot to looking like an idiot savant.

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Plus, who cares about analog clocks, anyway?