So I did my annual two day run of Widespread and I have finally clicked on what was different with this year’s show over others – the amount of text messages, the number of people I saw surfing the web for song titles and the general iPhone visibility. It took me a while to hone in on what the change was – I first thought that the iPhone may ultimately change communication in general, but a friend coaxed me out of that sweeping generalization, coaxed probably wasn’t right:
“Jon – communication, really. I thought you were smarter than that, in this text happy, email loving and pda toting world the iPhone isn’t going to change communication, it might change frequency and location of activities, but not communication. It’s just a phone, a cool one, an interesting one – but a still just a device”
So I went back and thought about it more and I think it is the location and frequency. Previously PDA’s had a “work” feel to them, I get none of that work feel with my iPhone – I in fact find it to be an anti-work device and that may also be why folks are more willing to use them, since it doesn’t carry to Blackberry or Treo legacy of being a work product, since most offices don’t support them.
So I think more folks are just good with bringing theirs out in public, since there is very little chance that your boss has emailed you or a customer needs something done. The iPhone is for many of us – a work free zone and there was clearly no work going on at Phillips arena this past weekend. In my 16 seat row there were 4, the row above 1 and below me another 2 and a sea of glowing screens everywhere with folks furiously typing away, myself included. In the spirit of “Dewey Wins”, I was in the non-cheap seats of the upperly mobile set, so this may not be transferable to the general population – yet.
During set break, I twittered, checked email and replied to texts I recieved in the interim, here is an example of some of the texts I recieved which are generally consumable and intelligible:
- j – that tie your shoes was HUGGGE!!!!!!
- drums – going outside meet you
- piss break – tickle is on
I too fell into the wonder of how to effectively use the iPhone at a show. I decided my phone was the best thing to keep a setlist, so I could remember my impressions of the show and I’ve never been compelled to be one of those guys keeping the set list, that’s what Davey is for. After reviewing my version of the show vs. the official set lists, it is well worth the effort of the 1.6 hours I spent at the AT&T store, plus Emily was happy to get hers as well and to let me know when she needed me to go get another beer.
- 104 N
- cool – 5 mins
So why has the iPhone changed how you use previuosly available capabilities in inferior devices such as the [tag]Treo[/tag] (I have had 2), a [tag]Blackberry[/tag] (I’ve had 3) or the multimedia phone (3+)?
Here are the set lists I made while at the show, typo’s and all. Wish you were there with the home team, but now you know what you missed:
Tickle the truth
Dirty business >>>better off
Good people>> disco
Going out west
Tie your shoes-BIG
Ribs n whiskey
Fixin 2 die – weird
Slipping into the darkness
12.31.07 – NYE. ATL
Send your mind
From the cradle
[tag]Life during wartime[/tag]
Up all night. Live worldwide on CNN. [tag]Anderson cooper[/tag] intro from times square on TV – thanks pammy!
Bust. It big
Time is free – Huge!!!!!!>> chilly h2o
[tag]Red hot mamma[/tag]
the streets look like a hippie version of frogger