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Monumental News: A Minute Too Late

To all of those like myself who still dabble in the world of dumbphones for whatever reason I wanted to share this email I sent my parents this morning. Feel free to add this to your argumentative arsenal the next time you quarrel with your rents over a new cell-phone plan. My dad doesn’t even have a phone so it’s no surprise he can’t even fathom the idea of paying for (as he calls it) a phone with internet…

Dad and Mom,

Just wanted to say ‘God Bless America’ from Penn State. The means by which news of such epic proportion spread last night has me reflecting on my generation’s recent technological and social revolution. I can distinctly remember sitting in my 7th grade algebra class on the afternoon of 9/11 and being told hours after that our nation had come under terrorist attack. They flipped on the news and there it was in front of our eyes. I can’t help but think how in the hell did the teachers keep that from us for so long?

Today, relying on someone else to ‘tell us’ or ‘turn on the tube’ for news sounds asinine…afterall our phones do that right? The news finds us in real-time via our smartphones. Living in the void of this technology I had very little clue what was going on last night until I begged the nearest friend to share his iPhone. Where I was at the time (nestled in a drinking establishment among my educated peers basking in academia) not one of the televisions were needed to report of Osama bin Laden’s death before word spread around the bar like wildfire.

The illumination of smartphones embracing the news shed new light on the dingy basement watering-hole we call the Phryst here in State College. At this moment, I couldn’t help but think of the oblivion in which my father lives and his most common inquisition, “why would anyone ever need internet on their phones?” Need it… we may not…but (per last night as evidence) without it, we may see ourselves left in the trail of our world’s rapid advance through a technology driven social landscape. I hope you too can share in the light I saw yesterday evening.


Chris (see the last sentences)

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