Thu, 20 September 2007
I was in an elevator yesterday afternoon. It almost got stuck. You know what I mean? It stopped for a split second in between floors, shuddered, and then resumed its upward journey.
But it got me to thinking (always a dangerous development). How little portable media have made every place more useful than it used to be. A stalled elevator, a car stuck in a traffic jam, a seat in a doctor’s office when you’re waiting endlessly for an appointment - a wireless device, whether cell phone, Blackberry, or iPhone, makes all of those formerly useless places useful.
The result is that we are enjoying increasing discretion and control over our lives and our activities. Increasingly, we do nothing when we want to do nothing, not when circumstances dictate that we do nothing.
That's a good step forward.
Category:Technology & Society -- posted at: 12:06am EDT