David Foster Wallace on iPhone 4’s FaceTime
In Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace wrote that within the reality of the book, videophones enjoyed enormous initial popularity but then after a few months, most people gave it up. Why the switch back to voice?
The answer, in a kind of trivalent nutshell, is: (1) emotional stress, (2) physical vanity, and (3) a certain queer kind of self-obliterating logic in the microeconomics of consumer high-tech.
As my mom pointed out, kids in iPhone families will be unable to fib about where they are– the proof is in the picture.
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Here is a copy of my presentation and prepared remarks from WordCamp for Publishers 2019 in Columbus.
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