Can You Resist The Lure Of The Mobile Phone?

from the temptation... dept

Robert J. Samuelson, writing for Newsweek, explains why he'll never get a mobile phone. He lists out most of the mobile phone annoyances we all know about already (being interrupted at the wrong time, private conversations being made public, always being accessible, etc.) while still admitting that phones are useful in certain circumstances. He pretty much ignores the more innovative ways that mobile phones have changed lives (such as by saving them) or how people act (such as making it possible for groups to gather in a much more ad hoc manner) which is normal for those who simply assume that a mobile phone is just like a phone, but mobile. However, in the end, he's basically taking a stand against the tide. While it's great for him if he can keep it up, it really doesn't impact anyone else (unless they're trying to reach him). I have nothing against anyone who chooses not to buy a mobile phone if they don't think it's necessary. However, to think that it's somehow noble to stand there and declare publicly that you have no need for the technology just looks silly. If you don't need it, don't buy it.
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    eponymous geek, 16 Aug 2004 @ 12:07pm

    Luddite

    that's pronounced 'paranoid anti-technology weirdo'

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