I am so oblivious when I'm reading text messages on my cellphone that you could dance naked in front of me (but please don't!)
This was taken at the southwest corner of Broadway and 92nd Street; behind the woman is a PetCo pet-supply company.
Note: this photo was published in a Feb 17, 2010 Hot Mobile Phone offers blog with the same title as the caption I used on this Flickr page. It was also published in an Apr 20, 2010 LifeHacker blog, with the title"Organize Your Work Contacts by Company on Your Phone with a Simple Tweak." And it was published in a May 30, 2010 Technologeek blog, with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. It was also published in an undated (Jun 2010) Cheap Tattoo blog, with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. It was also published in an Aug 19, 2010 blog titled "Technology Abuse." And it was published in a Sep 1, 2010 blog titled "A Woman’s Perspective on Personal Self Defense."
Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Mar 10, 2011 blog titled "Text Messaging with Google Voice? The Right Setting Depends Upon Your Particular Phone." And it was published in an Apr 9, 2011 blog titled "Las cuatro alternativas más usadas para enviar mensajes gratis a móviles." It was also published in a May 25, 2011 Getting a Tattoo Ideas, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. And it was published in an Aug 30, 2011 Martial Arts Lovers blog, with the same caption that I used on this Flickr page.
Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Jan 15, 2012 blog titled "I HAVE SOME A PROBLEM FOR TATTOO MACHINE AND POWER SUPPLY?" It was also published in a Jul 24, 2012 blog titled "Vocablet of the day: oblivion." And it was published in an Aug 8, 2012 blog titled "EASY WAYS TO MAKE DROP-OFF GREAT ON THE FIRST DAY OF PRESCHOOL."
Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Mar 4, 2013 blog titled "Pulling Back The Curtain On Text Message Mobile Marketing." And it was published in a May 5, 2013 blog titled "Used Cellphones - Cheap Phones."
Moving into 2014, the photo was published in a Jan 6, 2014 blog titled "Different Ways Women Can Use Instant Messengers."
Note: on Apr 20, 2010 I decided to make a couple minor editing changes. The primary objective was to reduce the extent of dark shadow (i.e., solid black color) in the woman's pants and jacket, so that you would be able to see some shades of color. There was also a bit of over-exposure ("hot spot") on the top left portion of her t-shirt...
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 was seen usually only on major streets of big cities. Today, of course, cell phones are everywhere, and everyone is using them in a variety of cultural 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?"