I recently bought a flip camera. I have heard that video is the new blogging.
, as it were. And I tend to agree that video is making a comeback, especially given Apple's revelation yesterday. The announcement that takes us beyond the 2-way radio wrist watch from Dick Tracy, obviously more than a mere fantasy from the mind of cartoonist Chester Gould. How could Gould have known way back in 1931,
, that a true possibility existed that technology would actually surpass a small wireless device that allows for mobile communication?
With the onset of Skype and all things web cam, how could we doubt that it was so close? As close as June 24th - the release date of the iPhone 4
. We knew it was coming, but the very fiction that has been so attached to the idea since the gangster 30s kept us, well, me anyway,
from hoping - from believing. How utterly delightful to be alive in an era where fantasy becomes real. Where life actually imitates art,
instead of the other way around.
And what a fine art it was. It was actually later in 1946 when the two-way wrist radio was first introduced - truly a preview of the cell phone. Ten years ago, I didn't even own a cell phone. That was by design, I didn't want to be reached. When I was at work, I wanted to be at work. When I was shopping, I wanted to be shopping. When I was camping or on vacation, I wanted to be on vacation. Unreachable - recharging. My how times have changed.
I have been known to sleep and wake to my mobile device. I network, take pictures and video, listen to music, read books, cruise the internet, email, blog, tweet, and text via my mobile. I am rarely seen without it. As a matter of fact, I often feel like I am going through withdrawals when I am driving. The times that I actually leave it home are rare but my children definitely enjoy it. Breakfast on Sunday mornings, the movies, and interviews are the only times my phone it not in front of me or in my hand or tucked inside my planner.
On the day that LinkedIn announced an expanded functionality for Blackberry
, Steve Jobs
took to the stage and delivered another knockout punch. And it's ok - it's ok because this is what drives innovation, this is what keeps 'em on their toes, this is what keep consumers consuming, developers developing and producers producing.