The passage, taken from a longer work by Teemu Arina, explores How Mobile is Changing Our Society:
I have a feeling that the question we pose today is wrong. It’s not about mobile anymore. For some people, mobile means the devices that we carry around as we move, usually hooked up to a cellular network. The truth is, the activities we go through online with computers and what we do with our “mobiles” cannot be seen as separate anymore. This convergence means our language needs to change or our culture will never understand its future. . .
The mobile is like the horse wagon. If Henry Ford had asked people what they wanted, they would have said “faster horses.” It’s the language and our experience of the past that limits our understanding of the future of “mobile.”
Arina’s Mobile Monday Amsterdam event sold out its 400-seat capacity in 2 hours.
I’m not surprised.
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