We Are So Lucky
I think there was an article in Business Week or somewhere else a while ago that outlined how we (as in middle class Americans) are all really rich in terms of the technology we have today, compared to what was available to the super-mega-wealthy at the turn of the century (i.e. fridges, air conditioning, the Internet, etc.).
I’ve been turning this idea around in my mind lately in terms of today’s crop of cell phones. I remember distinctly back in college that there were moments when popular media had the ability to make us gasp in envy at a new phone. Two such examples are the collective gasp that my friends had when we saw Neo’s slide phone in the first installment of the Matrix. Similarly, the season premieres of mid-late seasons of the X-Files fueled conversations about Scully and Mulder’s new handheld devices. I haven’t had one of those moments lately.*
But those phones are now relics, as most of my circle has transitioned to some sort of smartphone that we would not have imagined back during the Clinton administration.