Convergence, convergence, convergence

Why does that word keep ringing in my head? As the day has arrived for the retail distribution of the Apple iPhone, I can’t help but think that this newest innovation in convergence is just a small drop in the bucket (well, not financially) for what lies ahead and that it’s not necessarily a good thing. I read a journal article this morning titled Let Them Eat Laptops: The Limits of Technicism from the International Journal of Communication that discusses the diffusion of innovation (many of you may be familiar with the social science theory of the same name by Everett Rogers - btw, I’m a “laggard” in his diffusion terms). And I couldn’t help but ask myself, “Is such convergence and diffusion destroying our ability to really communicate with each other?” Are such tools really good for us in the long run?

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