posted on Sep, 23 2012 @ 10:52 PM
When the iPhone was introduced in 2007, it brought in a wave of new technology to the mainstream public, new forms of communication, faster processing
speeds, and a touch screen phone that was aesthetically pleasing and user friendly. It started a revolution that helped bring Apple to the fore front
of mobile communication, and had absolutely destroyed the notions its criticizers had.
When the iPod was first introduced, most people said that Windows would come out with an iPod killer. Well, it is 2012, iPods have been available for
ten years and eleven months, and the Zune is not doing so well. Back to the main topic here, the iPhone has gone through six stages. The iPhone,
iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and finally last (but not for long) iPhone 5.
You may be wondering what the connection is behind the title and what I have said in this thread, a little more on that in a bit. Does anyone remember
when the eight track was popular? Vinyls? Tapes? CDS? Of course we do. We all had fun trading records and tapes and recording our own horrible
renditions on boom boxes back in the 80's and 90's. Sure, to younger folks who might not know what I am talking about, this may seem archaic and
old. But, there were times where all you had to do was pop the record or tape or cd in the player and it played. No going through complicated lists of
folders of bands based on how much you have played them or what connection they have to the other bands you have on your device.
There used to be a time when email was only read at the office, and paper was still a popular form of communication. Nowadays, email is prevalent in
basically every aspect of society and multiple cultures. There used to be a time when text messages were completed by pressing the same number four
times just to get an S. Now, with all of these touch screen and multiple function phones, everything can be completed with extreme ease, and even
older people who were not capable of grasping the concepts of CDs or how to make the VCR function own these devices and use them on a regular
What set all of this up?
The iPhone ladies and gentlemen.
But wait? I know what you are going to say, "The Blackberry came out eight years before the iPhone and incorporated some of the same features you are
saying came on the iPhone! You sir, are a liar!!!"
The answer to this is yes and no. While the Blackberry was the first to be an email pager, it was not the first to have a touchscreen interface, and
as many functions as the first iPhone had.
What does all of this have to do with the end of individuality? This is my favorite part.
The reason why the iPhones are the end of individuality is because everyone "must" have one, or risk being ridiculed like every other fad that has
ever come and gone. The difference? The iPhone, even though they are all built from the same components and parts, can be individualized to meet the
owner's specific needs. You can download customized applications, "jailbreak" your device (and void your warranty) download "fresh" and "cool"
ringtones that only cost ninety nine cents to download to show off to your friends how much of an individual you are by rocking the latest Katy Perry
song when your friend texts you about how much she hearts different things.
The reason I believe this to be a conspiracy, is because it ties in ever so conveniently with the growth and rise of social media. The cloud software
conveniently backs up your data whenever you want it too and stores it digitally online, so you can retrieve it in case your iPhone shuts down and
requires a restore. Not only that, but think about the latest revelations in the iPhone 5 some people have been experiencing. Apple marketing to them
even when they do not have internet access, and it not being a text message advertisement? Them having the ability to shut anyone's iPhone down if
they deem it to be a threat or if something is wrong with it? Sounds a little creepy to me.
The reality behind it, is the iPhone is just one in a million now with all of the smart and superphones out there that operate at speeds never thought
possible in 1995. Samsung, LG, HTC, and many more are competing and almost winning the battle for supreme overlord in the smartphone world. where is
our friend Blackberry though? I think last time I heard, our friends in Waterloo Ontario are in some big troubles and have gone to extreme measure to
The iPhone is not a device that screams individuality. it is a device that screams "Look at me, I am part of a group that spent $900 to be cool".
With the evolution of Facebook, Twitter, and various other forms of social media, it has become all too easy for companies to market to you via your
iPhone. Of course the same can be said for the others, but iPhone is really the one that set the research in motion (see what I did there?)
The bottom line is, those who walk among us who do not have smartphones and will fight to the death to not have one, are the coolest, most independent
people I know. Personally, I wish I could go back to having a Motorola RAZR, those phones looked pretty sharp (I will stop the horrible jokes soon, I
promise). I am not saying that people who have iPhones lack intelligence, I am merely saying that anyone and everyone who has an iPhone or a
smartphone to exhibit their individuality, are not individuals, but collectivists who are hiding under the veil of superficiality.
I am not innocent in this, I had an iPhone once, I hated it, but I did have one.
So, what say you ATS? End of Individuality? Or Beginning of Zombification?