Louis C.K.’s Case Against Kids Having Smartphones

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Sept. 20 2013 10:58 AM

Louis C.K.’s Case Against Kids Having Smartphones

Last night Louis C.K. spent an hour talking to his old boss, Conan O’Brien. They relived the old days a bit—including the time C.K. attempted, disastrously, at an after party, to flirt with Gwyneth Paltrow. And C.K. also explained the reason he doesn’t want his daughters to have smartphones. His reasoning is impressively existential, even for him—and harkens back a bit to the “everything’s amazing and nobody’s happy” routine that helped break his career wide open. As Neetzan Zimmerman at Gawker notes, that nearly five-year-old riff was also shared on a Conan O’Brien show, albeit one on NBC.

His case against smartphones also includes dueling Springsteen impressions by him and Conan. The whole thing is worth watching.

David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.

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