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Smart phone, dumb user

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Some fourteen years ago when I presented my final year highschool thesis called “The Internet as a cultural phenomenon”, a visiting professor* from the U.S. asked me “You think this is the future? People staring into rectangular boxes?” and I replied “Well, yes”, although I could not have imagined anything like this:

A Taiwanese tourist fell into the icy waters of Port Philip Bay, Melbourne, Australia after walking off a pier while checking her Facebook page on her smartphone.

“Tourist, Rincewind decided, meant ‘idiot’.”

– Terry Pratchett, The Color of Magic

* We nicknamed the guy Noah becuse he had a retro-looking beard and we imagined him herding all sorts of animals into an ark of some sort in order to save them from the flood, or maybe from technologically induced apocalypse in a not-so-distant future.