"People don’t want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved. Their dramas. Their distractions. Their stories resolved. Their messes cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown."
A mobile device is a promise; this promise inhabits our awareness, like a peripheral anxiety. It is constantly in the background, and it shapes our experience of life and the “taking place” of events within our lives. A mobile promises the instrumental possibility of reproduction, of capturing and distributing the minutiae of our daily lives, even if these experiences can never be faithfully recorded. It promises that we will not be forgotten, that we will not be lost; the territory has been reproduced in advance of our arrival, and we will always be identifiable. It promises the constant potential for communication, even if this communication never arrives.
"Human beings have always felt compelled to capture fragments of their lives, to store and transmit memories; we have inscribed ourselves in books and on cave walls, in folk songs and on subway benches, and now on 1.8-inch mobile phone screens."
Infomobility and Technics: Some Travel Notes by Belinda Barnet, 2005