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Disconnected Urbanism


Interesting article at Metropolis:

"But the cell phone has changed our sense of place more than faxes and computers and e-mail because of its ability to intrude into every moment in every possible place. When you walk along the street and talk on a cell phone, you are not on the street sharing the communal experience of urban life. You are in some other place--someplace at the other end of your phone conversation. You are there, but you are not there. It reminds me of the title of Lillian Ross's memoir of her life with William Shawn, Here But Not Here. Now that is increasingly true of almost every person on almost every street in almost every city. You are either on the phone or carrying one, and the moment it rings you will be transported out of real space into a virtual realm."

Rebuttal at Gizmodo.

Technology, Computers and Internet  
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I don't buy it.
I will give you -- a conversation of any sort can augment ones experience -- but so can paying attention to the things around you.
11/20/2003 9:09:50 PM
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i did read it alst week, nick. i just needed a refresher...11/23/2003 5:12:24 PM
How many times have you seen a group of two or more walking down a street, with at least one person cel-phone glued to their head? Whatever happened to paying attention to who you are with?

Granted, cel phones are useful technology for traveling, for emergencies, for staying in touch with your family...but it would be nice if they gave you a great big electrical shock any time you used them in violation of basic human etiquette.

11/26/2003 7:42:22 PM
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