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New video: The anti-phone goes viral

This video is a none-too-subtle commentary on our growing inability to experience anything without involving a smartphone.

Five million people have watched it in four days since release. Join them.
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In an unrelated commentary, violinist James Ehnes agonises over smartphones at his concerts.

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  1. Jess Pike says:

    We are becoming Cyborgs to the smart phone and losing our one on one human qualities, soon we will no longer know how to interact in person and will become robotic personalities in our own cage’s. My cell phone has 300 minutes a month, I’ve used 4 minutes in the past several months. I prefer reality to the virtual world.

    • You got that right. Smartphones and bionic prosthetics are preparing us for the Singularity when man and machine meld into one.

    • Rodneymusic says:

      Take a few moments of your free time Jess to learn that “cages” and other profile words don’t need an apostrophe. Leave it to grocers who write signs saying “potoato’s”, “tomato’s” etc. This isn’t being pedantic, it’s (apostrophe) preserving what’s (apostrophe) left of literate English on blogs and internet comments. There’s also a Spellchecker in your computer, if it’s all too much. You can learn about plural words and possessives in half-an-hour and you’ve got it for life. So why be illiterate for the whole world to see. Oh, my mobile (i.e. cell) is switched off 95% of the time and I have a full life. It can be done, we did it for millenia. We kept prattle and trivia at a proper distance. We freed up our brains and our time. Nobody said: “Please someone, invent the cellphone”.

      • JBBaldwin says:

        It may be rhetorical, but the question “So why be illiterate for the whole world to see” demands an interrogation mark.

        I also argue that “It can be done, we did it for millenia” calls for a semicolon rather than a comma.

        Motes and beams, perhaps.

  2. Mine is never turned on!

  3. David Boxwell says:

    Recent New Yorker magazine cover depicts traffic intersection in NYC peopled exclusively by smartphone users looking down, and crossing with the aid of white canes.

  4. Am I the only person left in the world who doesn’t have a cell-phone? Non-users rejoice!

  5. I guarantee you that most young people watching this film will think there’s absolutely nothing wrong with anything it depicts. They’ll think it’s supposed to be about what you can do on your days off.

  6. As a person who has legally bought a CD featuring James Ehnes, I feel indignant at the person who illegally filmed Ehnes’s concert. Bootleg recordings, as well as violating the opt-in principles that guide international copyright law, are — as Ehnes rightly mentioned — responsible for the increasing trend for musicians to play safe and avoid taking risks on stage. I wish that influential soloists like Ehnes would follow the example of Krystian Zimerman and publicly stand up to vagrant audience members. It strikes me as the only way that the issue has a prospect of being taken seriously.

    Another important issue is that an audience member using a telephone in a concert is also ruining the experience for other audience members: the visual distraction is considerable, especially in a hall with the house lights down. What is so difficult about turning off a telephone (and ensuring that any alarms that power up the telephone are also disabled, or that the battery is removed), or handing it in at the cloakroom? Many halls remind you to do this just before the concert commences!

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