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Saturday, September 18, 2010

You Know a Technology is Mainstream When It Can Kill You


Can there be any question that a Kindle will be in millions of stockings this holiday season? When a normally responsible public transit driver with over a decade of experience lets e-reading overcome good judgment -- not only reading his Kindle while driving but having the damned thing out where patrons could see it in the first place -- then clearly we're dealing with a seriously addictive technology.

Every time I say, "I mourn the passing of paper," I wonder if there were once people who thought the same thing about clay tablets. "Paper sucks!" they might have said. "You get too close with fire or water and look at what happens!"
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