‘High-Tech Luddite’ James Cameron Doesn’t Like Twitter, Facebook

James Cameron (Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY)
James Cameron (Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY)

Director James Cameron is arguably among the most tech-savvy of his peers, responsible for the two top-grossing movies of all time: Avatar, with its computer-generated look at life on another planet, and Titanic. And he’s been leading the charge toward filming in 3-D. Just don’t ask him to use a smartphone. Cameron, whose new documentary about underwater explorations, Deepsea Challenge 3D, opens Friday, told us why modern smartphones are not for him in an interview at his home here.

HIGH-TECH LUDDITE

“I was the first person I knew to have a cellphone in my car in 1983. At that point it was intriguing. Now I just see it as a ball and chain. I don’t want to be that available to the world. I don’t want to share every single thing I do. I look around the airport, and every single person is oblivious to the world around them. They don’t live in the moment. I’ve made a conscious choice to not spend all my time … looking down at a device. I refuse to do it. So there you have it. I’m a Luddite. But I’m a high-tech Luddite.”

HE’S TWEETED, BUT DOESN’T LIKE IT

“I hate it. I hate everyone else’s tweets, too. They’re boring. What can you say in 140 characters? I can’t even clear my throat in 140 characters.” Same goes for Facebook.

“I don’t even have a Facebook account.”

DOES OWN AN IPAD

He uses the Apple tablet on the set. “It’s a good tool. You can have your previews loaded on it, cuts loaded on it. You can have the newest special-effects shots come in for approval. It’s useful.”

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SOURCE: USA Today
Jefferson Graham

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