So I am a sappy, sentimental person. I cry at Old Yeller, cannot even DISCUSS The Velveteen Rabbit without having a complete psychological breakdown, and weep- just a little bit- at the end of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip’s Christmas show.
But the iPhone intro at MacWorld’s Keynote addess?
Yup, and here’s why.
It’s not just because Blackberry is dead in the water. It’s certainly not because I won’t need my Smithsonian-worthy Palm anymore.
It’s because it’s like watching the advent of the car or television.
Does anyone else out there feel like we’re lucky enough to live in a time that’s seeing new inventions that will change how our children will live?
It’s no secret that I think IBM-only compatible machines are crap and that most -MOST- Unix and Linux systems are impractical for the typical computer user. I love Steve Jobs and Apple, and I know I’m not alone. But this isn’t about a computer or a phone.
Did people who lived in Eli Whitney or Henry Ford’s era feel this way? Did they KNOW these people were changing the world?
Our world is changing. Admit it. Most of us didn’t have computers in our everyday life until middle school- at the earliest. My two and half year old niece-ish is more at home with a computer than my parents. Our vocabulary includes words like “Googling”, “iPod”, and “internet”. My grandparents never used any of those words.
That’s at the crux of what amazes me. Technology has altered our universe so quickly. Jesus, people, we used to live in trees. iPhone. Live in a tree… iPhone.
What words will your children use?