On portable computers.
There's something to the fact that Pokemon was also a game for the Gameboy, another kind of personal machine.
"They possess us more than we possess them."
Reminds me of Richard Wright “It’s a danger that we could become slaves of all our equipment.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YhHo_74Hp0
Yeah, well... I had an idea for one of those before I ever saw any created by other folks. I am not a computer enthusiast but I had this one idea without seeing any Digimon or whatever that was. But I thought a handheld computer would be just great. Mine was bigger than the Blackberry but looked similar. And it absolutely had to have an antennae sticking out. This was essential! A thick "t" antennae! I thought it would be a great idea, whatever exactly one did with it. None of my ideas ever came to anything. Now I write out some of my version of economic theory, in which capitalism is not individualism and all but rather it is social. I understand capitalism has a "private" side as well, but the best things about capitalism are its social things and the propaganda or false information has fooled us into believing that capitalism always equates to "the individual." Come on. Think about it. That doesn't make no kinda sense! Really all you need to do is think about this for yousef, until you open up that world of thought. (Of course if you want to go to my OWN Substack newsletter, 'jacob's Newsletter,' you can do that.)
I love this! An old fashioned telephone of my early youth (I'm 42) keeps getting into my fiction--it was cut from my forthcoming book, Time's Mouth, and was, to my surprise, resurrected in the thing I just started: a big phone with a curly wire and buttons you can press down. It carries this erotic charge, I tell ya! Old technology has this weight (literal and metaphorical) and a kind of intimacy and connection that current technology doesn't. Meanwhile, my seven year old (and her older brother before her), is always making fake iPhones to play with--she is not allowed (nor are her brothers) to use a real one. Her current fake phone of choice is a toy credit card (from a play cash register), covered in stickers, meant to look like apps. She is often "texting" on it or making calls. She also has a little card on a wristband (something from a museum or something) that she pretends to use as a key card to get into buildings, like she's in college. I find it interesting how kids take 'adult world' stuff and remake it in their pretend play.
Looking forward to your book!
Flashback of playing heroes 3 on some Windows Mobile huge pre-iPhone PDA my father discontinued in his work and gave me to have fun with. Great read!
I got my start with hand-held screens with Tamagochis and then Game Boys. At the time, I feel like I understood the excitement of being entertained by a device much more than I understood what in the world my aunt’s PDA was for. (Now I truly understand both.) For a while, all the cool teens had Blackberries - corporate email machines - but they just used it to text and play Brick Breaker!
Good to know I wasn't the only weird jr high kid lusting after a palm pilot :)