Here Comes Everybody
It Takes A Village To Find A Phone
On an afternoon in late May 2006 a woman named Ivanna left her phone in the backseat of a New York City Cab. No surprise there; hundreds of phones a year turn up in the New York City and Limousine Commission’s offices, and more than that are actually lost, since some unknown numbers are simply taken by the next passenger. That was the fate of Ivanna’s phone, a fairly expensive multifunction version called a Sidekick, which came with a screen, keyboard, and built-in camera. Sadly for her, the Sidekick was the sole repository of much of the information for her upcoming wedding, from contact information for the catering company to the guest list.
By Clay Shirky
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