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September 27, 2012

Think About It: iPhony

The announcement that yet another Apple product is hitting the streets reminds of Paul Revere letting everyone know "The British are coming!" Everyone reacts and responds… well, at least those who have to have the latest, greatest gadget in their hands, or ears. It is amazing how technology, which used to be a nice convenience and a useful tool, has now become a vital appendage, as if the device were a human being. We respond to our devices, we act based on what they tell us, and some people will tell you that now they can't live without them.

What if we all got excited on a regular basis about things that really mattered in Hawaii- like cleaning up beaches, or painting schools, or providing long-term answers for the homeless, or resolving teacher contracts in a timely, professional manner? What if, instead of getting excited about a phone that's got more pixels, weighs a few ounces less, or provides a picture that's a tiny bit larger, we all got excited about things that have much greater impact to our communities and maybe even our own lives? I know this might not appeal to those younger viewers who drive the iRevolution, but maybe it's time to pass on the latest, greatest and look elsewhere for satisfaction.

What if everyone who stood in line- and will do so again in nine months, or six months, or one year- stood in line to feed the hungry, or dropped food off at the Foodbank this weekend? What if some of the 10-million people who just have to have the new gizmo reflected on how to make a difference and tweeted their friends and got their Facebook pals to do something philanthropic? I bet that would feel better than yet another device that will become obsolete  within a year. Feel better, do better, be better- now there's a revolutionary idea that doesn't involve 4g, maybe just gee whiz… Think about it…

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