Realtime kills real space

I’m starting to think we may need a new Einstein. In a comment on my earlier realtime post, David Evans observed: “A realtime system for connecting humans to each other in surprising and free-form ways is a park bench. Pity that when two people sit down on a park bench these days, they are more likely to be twittering via 3G than talking to each other.” I was reminded of a haunting passage in a recent New Yorker article about the boom in Japanese cellphone novels: A government survey conducted last year concluded that eighty-two per cent of those between…

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