Tuesday, May 14, 2013 2:40:43 AM
Dear Newt, Those among us, in-the-know about technology, who owned and even carried PDA's before they were fashionable, understand we are carrying a "portable global network uplink device."
We do not correct people about its name for one simple reason: No sane non-technophile wants to buy and carry the device if it doesn`t have one capability in particular. The device is then tethered to the name of that one primary feature and everything else it does is just a matter of offsetting the expense of device ownership and operation.
To better point out the absurdity of your search for a better name: If you named it about how it`s used the most by most people: It`s a CLOCK THAT PLAYS MUSIC. No, no!! A cat photography machine! Hold it! I`ve got it: It`s the wife-o-texter!! Wait! This: The masturbatory recorder...
Monday, May 13, 2013 3:45:49 PM
@ Broizfam: LOL. Good call. My vote is "Ersatz Intellectual."
Here's a guy who picks up a copy of *Freakonomics*, repeats a lot of the book`s content practically verbatim in a professorial and pompous manner to a roomful of Midwest senior citizens who`ve never stepped foot inside a college classroom--and predictably, said senior citizens are wowed.
I`ve seen the footage of these performances of Newt time and time again and they turn my stomach. Thus my vote for "Ersatz Intellectual."
Monday, May 13, 2013 3:29:07 PM
It's called a cell phone because that`s what these devices started as. They`re still cell phones even though they`ve become so much more as well. I don`t really think we need a new name for people to "get" that they can do more than make phone calls with them - I think it`s okay to continue calling them phones but here`s an idea: how about we come up with a new name for Newt Gingrich that better describes him?
Monday, May 13, 2013 3:28:27 PM
@ Gremlyn: I disagree with your statement about "smartphone" being purely marketing. I'm not a marketer and I often use the term, usually when talking with my father. Example: "You should upgrade to a smartphone, Dad--it makes a lot of things easier." Does anyone NOT understand what I`m saying in that sentence? Or feel a need for a better word?
Newt uses the example of "horseless carriage" in his video to make his point. What he doesn`t note is that today`s term of "car" was in use since the 14th century to mean any vehicle with wheels--such as a chariot or a carriage. To describe the horseless carriage, people eventually adopted an older term, which came to be accepted as the word for the new device.
*Phone* will soon come to mean a handheld device that has several functions beyond phone calls. Until that happens, *smartphone* is the *horseless carriage* equivalent.