"When you walk along the street and talk on a cell phone, you are not
sharing the experience of urban life. You are there, but you are not
there." That's an excerpt from a great essay
in Metropolis mag on how cell phones dilute the significance of
physical location. Makes you wonder why you'd bother to travel any
place where your cell phone would work.
Great kicker to the piece: "Now calling across the street and calling from New York to California or even Europe are precisely the same thing. ... Every place is exactly the same as every other place. They are all just nodes on a network--and so, increasingly, are we."