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We *really* don't pay attention to crazy old guys with a camera when we're concentrating on our cellphone messages

This woman was walking up Broadway, at 81st Street. I think I could have walked right into her, and knocked her flat on the ground, before she would have noticed me...




Note: this photo was published in a Jun 23, 2010 "Technologeek blog, with the same title as the caption I used on this Flickr page. And it was published in an Aug 26, 2010 blog titled "What's So Wrong With Facebook Places?", as well as an Aug 26, 2010 blog titled "Three mobile web marketing tips for the holiday shopping season."


Moving on to 2011, the photo was published in a Feb 15, 2011 blog titled "Get Your Retail Therapy On In Villa Rica!" And it was published in a Feb 20, 2011 Cool Web Tips Marketing Images blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in an undated (early Mar 2011) blog. And it was published in a Jun 24, 2011 blog titled "UK mobile networks team up on handset payments system." It was also published in a Jul 5, 2011 MobileBeat blog titled "Juniper: Mobile Payments to hit 0 billion by 2015," as well as a Jul 5, 2011 blog titled Top 10 Best Business Ipad Apps For Sales


Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Jan 1, 2012 blog titled "Mobile Apps for the Holidays." And it was published in an undated (mid-Jun 2012) blog titled "M-commerce: Now is the time for action!." It was also published in a Jul 17, 2012 blog titled "Get Off Your Cellphone And 9 Other Tips For Not Getting Mugged." And it was published in a Jul 26, 2012 blog titled "Growth of Mobile Commerce," as well as a Jul 26, 2012 Business Insider blog titled " Former Headhunter Explains How To Answer 11 Tough Interview Questions." It was also published in a Nov 15, 2012 blog titled "Report: mobile payments to hit $1 trillion by 2017." And it was published in a Dec 7, 2012 blog titled "MOBILE SHOPPING, A RETAIL OPPORTUNITY."


Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Mar 22, 2013 blog titled "Millennials Marketing: Mobile & Social Media Required." It was also published in an Oct 16, 2013 blog titled "Women: Reduce Your Chances of Assault."


Moving into 2014, the photo was published in a Sep 17, 2014 blog titled "Las chicas andan por la calle mirando a sus móviles más que los chicos."




Looking back on some old photos from 40-50 years ago, I was struck by how visible the differences were between the culture of then, versus the culture of now. In some cases, it was evident from the things people wore, or carried, or did, back then which they no longer do today. But sometimes it was the opposite: things that didn't exist back in the 1960s and 1970s have become a pervasive part of today's culture.


A good example is the cellphone: 20 years ago, it simply didn't exist. Even ten years ago, it was a relatively uncommon sight, and usually only on major streets of big cities. Today, of course, cell phones are everywhere, and everyone is using them in a variety of culture contexts.


However, I don't think this is a permanent phenomenon; after all, if you think back to the early 1980s, you probably would have seen a lot of people carrying Sony Walkmans, or "boom-box" portable radios -- all of which have disappeared...


If Moore's Law (which basically says that computers double in power every 18 months) holds up for another decade, then we'll have computerized gadgets approximately 100 times smaller, faster, cheaper, and better -- which means far better integration of music, camera, messaging, and phone, but also the possibility of the devices being so tiny that they're embedded into our eyeglasses, our earrings, or a tattoo on our forehead.


So the point of this album is to provide a frame of reference -- so that we can (hopefully) look back 10-20 years from now, and say, "Wasn't it really weird that we behaved in such bizarre ways while we interacted with those primitive devices?"

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Taken on May 26, 2009