“These worries started to surface for me last month, when Bruce Sterling, the cyberpunk writer, proposed at the South by Southwest tech conference in Austin that the clearest symbol of poverty is dependence on â€œconnectionsâ€ like the Internet, Skype and texting. â€œPoor folk love their cellphones!â€ he said. […]
â€œConnectivity is povertyâ€ was how a friend of mine summarized Sterlingâ€™s bold theme. Only the poor â€” defined broadly as those without better options â€” are obsessed with their connections. Anyone with a strong soul or a fat wallet turns his ringer off for good and cultivates private gardens that keep the hectic Web far away. The man of leisure, Sterling suggested, savors solitude, or intimacy with friends, presumably surrounded by books and film and paintings and wine and vinyl â€” original things that stay where they are and cannot be copied and corrupted and shot around the globe with a few clicks of a keyboard.”
Virginia Heffernan writes in the New York Times Magazine on why Twitter is a trap.