I’m still working on becoming a timely blogger, so bear with my late entry on the lines for the new iphone two Fridays ago. I could have a field day with this, but let’s just settle on a random local news clip I found:
So many things to say about this: free advertising for Apple disguised as news, the mystifying phenomenon of people willing to wait in lines for days (ten days, some of them!) for a slightly bigger/better phone, the shameless technophilia that pervades the whole affair. But my favorite part is at 0:32, where the Apple Store employees form a high-five gauntlet for the first customers—as if they have accomplished something truly significant, as if by merely buying a product they have triumphed, as if they are champions. I just don’t get it.
On a day of long lines, this short one was the saddest: “I feel great—I have my new phone.”