"I didn't want the equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife. When the phone rings, I don’t want to have to figure out which button to push. I just wanted a phone. The sales clerks sneered at me; they laughed at me behind my back. I was told by company after mobile company that they don’t make single-function phones anymore. Nobody wants them. This was a powerful demonstration of how central mobiles have become to the process of media convergence.” -Henry Jenkins
I decided to start my post with this quote, from the power point used in class, because I felt I couldn't have worded it better myself. Believe it or not, I used to be this type of person. Nothing infuriated me more than a piece of technology that did so many things, so complicatedly. When I got my first blackberry, I hated it because I had no clue how to use it. I wanted to throw it away the second I got it and just go back to my old phone because it did two things, call and text. That's what a phone should do right? I was this grumpy person who hated changing technology because I didn't want to learn how to use it. Shame on me. Through media convergence, I essentially have the whole world in the palm of my hand. I can connect with people from all over the world. I can pay my credit card bills on my phone, buy my textbooks, groceries and that gorgeous new dress. But wait, there's more! I can also receive breaking news updates, stream live feed videos, which I have done many times, and listen to music. I can record lectures from my classes, and I can email my best friend who lives in England. My phone is a wonderful device and I intend to utilize it. I am glad I saw the errors of my ways and decided to join the 21st century.