Do you dislike having to call up people, in real time, on the phone? Would you rather text or e-mail? The Millennial generation tends to feel that way, I learned, and I admit that I do too.
Media scholar Ian Bogost tries to explain why this is. In doing so, he goes into the difference between talking on cell phones and talking on the old handset devices. Whereas cell phones are designed to be carried, rather than talked into, and are used in public places, the old landlines were designed to enhance personal conversation in private spaces. The handset phone, as well as the technology that went into it, created what he calls “a technology of intimacy.”
Well, I didn’t particularly like using the old-style phones either, but Bogost makes a fascinating case for the genius of old technology and design. [Read more…]