No, it's not about anyone's "right to choose"
by dlsears - 1/11/07 7:28 PM
In Reply to: Try to be happy by CoolDudeCR
"Diversity" is a nonsense political term that has nothing to do with the marketplace. You shouldn't use words you don't understand.
As for anyone's "right to choose" what piece of equipment they want to buy, the only choices you can make are those the manufacturers and vendors give you. And those you can afford to make -- assuming that you actually have the free will to make a real choice to begin with.
If being constantly entertained by having digital sounds pumped directly at your eardrums makes you "happy", then you're not the kind of person whose advice I can take seriously. You're probably a charter member of "The Frivolous Generation", a digital-dope (as in "drug", not the intellectually challenged dwarf from Disney's Snow White) processor zoned out and iTuned-in to the soothing digital flow of cash from your wallet to corporate coffers for the privilege of escaping the realities of boring everyday life, and a soma-holiday addict. That's just the kind of person mp3 players with telephone modules are made for. That's reality.
It's not a matter of "taste for entertainment" but the need to be constantly entertained that I'm critiquing, and the willingness of rich consumers to pony up so much cash -- more than a lot of the people in the third world earn a month or even a year -- for a toy.
As someone else mentioned, how long will the battery last if you're listening to music all day long between phone calls and web-surfing? A cell phone, and especially a smart cell phone, is supposed to be functional piece of business equipment, not an adjunct to an mp3 player. I'd be interested in the iPhone if it really were a smart phone instead of an overpriced obese iPod.
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