[By Nic Lindh on Saturday, 30 June 2007]
So. The iPhone. Yeah. Today is June 29th and the iPhone hits the streets. Chaos, mayhem, and commerce.
Without having actually seen the product itself, it does seem like a very cool gadget, just to get that out of the way. This is not one of those “I is a hedge fund guy and teh iPhone is teh suck and teh oh, hey what did you say I just ran out of coke” posts.
It seems lovely, really. The kind of device that would be nice to have.
But with the current level of froth and madness, we’re not talking about the kind of device that would be nice to have. We are talking about the end of cancer, the end of world hunger, the end of All that is Bad.
Of course, the iPhone is a device. Really. A gadget. Just a thingy. Not a shred of cancer-curing in sight.
It is very interesting to watch from the sidelines as a gadget, a manufactured piece of electronics, goes from “Hey, that thing could certainly make my daily existence a little bit easier and thus it is worth spending some money on” to “OH MY F**ING GOD THIS IS THE COOLEST THING EVAR.”
So the question becomes, why are so many otherwise sane people deciding that spending hours and hours in a line to shell out $500 for a piece of plastic plus two years of at minimum $60 a month bondage to AT&T a rational thing to do?
There are three options, and they are presented here in descending order of depressiveness:
Yeah, that’s the most depressing one. But look around you. How many people do you think fit into that category? As Yoda would say, “Hmmmm?”
Slightly less depressing, but still, not something that makes you want to sing kumbaya and fire up the cigarette lighter.
And, finally, the most uplifting alternative:
So, to all those who went, stood, and paid, enjoy your new gadget: feel its smooth surface, relish its connection to the Internet, fill it with your music and movies and perhaps wonder what else you could have done with those lost hours.