January 19, 2009

Generation Pre #1

Filed under: Groundwork — mikecane @ 7:48 pm

Inauguration crowd will test cellphone networks

Indeed, for some incessant communicators — the members of Generation Twitter — experiences seem complete only if they are shared via mobile device, said James Katz, the director of the Center for Mobile Communication Studies at Rutgers. The devices also let attendees show off their presence to those not able to be there in person.

He said that the carriers who were asking people to communicate judiciously were fighting “human nature in two ways.”

“One is asking people to postpone the instant gratification,” he said. The other is that the attendees who respect the request to text and not talk, or forgo sending photos, will be frustrated if they see others in the crowd indulging.”

Emphasis added by me.


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