Friday, December 5, 2014

My mobile phone of wonder

"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. 


  1. I like this. Opposite of you I was excited for new technology though. We can do almost anything we want with ne phones, however; They can consume way too much of our time.

  2. Technology is always surprising me with how advanced it is. I discover new ways to do things and I'm always impressed that there are so many options to complete a task on a little tiny computer in my pocket. I always try to not be too dependent on my technology though, because there have been times when things break and I'm devastated. This quote really stuck out to me as well!

  3. I know your feelings about hating technology when I first got my first smartphone I hated it I was so confused on how to work it. Now that I know how to work the darn thing I feel very dumb for hating it because I couldn't figure out how to work the thing.