Campbell Live on cellphones: tips for John
My friend and colleague John Campbell is doing a story on cellphones on Campbell Live on Monday. I have written the below to him, for his research.
I am yet to have kids and would like to some day, so I refuse to have my testicles irradiated.
By the same token, men no longer need to get vasectomies if we can shove a couple of Nokias down our pants.
Text messaging is vaguely above Morse code in sophistication and the amount charged is like paying $3 million for a Ford Focus. Or NZ$1·71 for a litre of petrol. I mean, that’s just dumb.
I don’t like the idea that people change their habits to suit the technology. I thought technology was here to bend to our will. If we created robots, would we allow them to control us? That would be like having a dead guy run the country. (Obvious exception was the ﬁgure of the long-dead Leonid Brezhnev running the USSR with Gorby sitting behind him operating a foot pump.)
I once was asked to text-message someone. On a borrowed cellphone, it took me half an hour to tap in the goddamn message. Getting uppercase was not intuitive. (If I wanted all lowercase, I would have gone to the Bauhaus and studied design. This is the Queens English, for crying out loud.) Took me æons to type out café.
Why they have not got to the point of letting me talk into the phone and creating a text through speech recognition, I don't know. Or is that too close to making a call?
At LOréal New Zealand Fashion Week 2003, I got out my electric razor and pretended to press buttons on the front, and everyone thought I was texting.
Mobiles are rotating things you hang over a cot.
I am not sure if I am allowed to promote another network’s show based on my TV One contract. Ah, screw ’em. What are they going to do? Cut my pay? Posted by Jack Yan, 06:37
Jack, I can definitely relate to your comment about taking half an hour to key in a word or two on a cellphone.
The last two week's lectures at Victoria were covered by a Lecturer specialising in Mobile Commerce, or e-commerce as it is commonly known. It was common practice for him to run a quick survey by text message hooked up to his laptop near the end of each lecture. I found this idea far too tedious as it takes my far too long to turn my phone on, access the menu, type in the letter corresponding to my 'choice,' type in the phone number and press send. Most of the time I just flagged it. I don't think it is good etiquette to keep your phone on during a lecture (any lecture) either. IMHO, it sends a bad example to teenagers. Sure, I have a phone, but half the time I forget to turn it on anyway.
Apparently, Telecom are mystified why there is so much traffic from one cell site in Kelburn every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at about 1:50pm...
I am worried about young children using cellphones as their brains are still very much in development.
# posted by David Philpott: 5/07/2006 11:22:00 AM
A friend has had to take a cellphone off his 10-year-old daughter because her manner changed. She went from an outgoing, pleasant girl to a withdrawn introvert because of her cell. Young people need to be taught how to use them, and when to, to prevent them bending their lives and habits around the technology.Post a Comment
I have to say your class’s voting process sounds way too complex! I wonder if the trafﬁc disrupts other users around the country.
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