I live in Washington, D.C., where I first came to work as a writer and producer for The Atlantic in 2010 and then covered D.C. transportation for TBD On Foot. These days, I report on state telecom issues for Warren.
PBS Idea Channel’s Mike Rugnetta contemplates the impact of smartphone culture on our perception of everyday life, particularly in the context of French philosopher Jean Baudrillard’s theory of hyperreality.
The difference between technology as utility and technology as lens. This video does a good job in delving into the day-to-day hyperreality of smartphones, which isn’t scrutinized anywhere near enough. I especially like the plain but real point that smartphones are conceived of and sold not on the basis of voice calls at all these days. Fundamentally the implications are bleak but not ultimately bad? Who knows these days.