The pendulum has swung

Scott Adams is funny. Dilbert is funny. For whatever reason you choose to come up with, Adams has his finger squarely on the pulse of the business world, and wastes no time lampooning anything and everything that frustrated corporate workers already know represents the pinnacle of stupidity.

20 years ago, status was determined by how much personal technology you had available.

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15 years ago, the technology was on the road to hyper-miniaturization, and the smaller your phone, the more prestige you had (which gave you the right to treat underlings like dog squeeze.)

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Now that smartphones have begun morphing into pads, tablets, and phablets (what an abominable word!) the prestige tide has now turned.

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Whether that’s a good thing or not remains to be seen.

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At this point, I’m pretty jazzed about the Pebble. This seems like an awesomely useful sidekick to a smartphone… at least until the pendulum swings back the other way again, and everything fits on your one wrist-mounted device anyway.

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Chester Gould had the right idea half a century ago.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

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4 responses to “The pendulum has swung

  1. “The smaller your phone, the more prestige you had.” Immortalized in Corner Gas Season 1, Episode 9:

    Davis: Do you think my new cell phone is small?
    Karen: I don’t know.
    Davis: Brent’s got a smaller one. I mean I wasn’t looking at it on purpose, he had it out and I just glanced at it.
    Karen: Right.
    Davis: But mine is small right? I mean how small would you say is normal? You get an inaccurate idea because you see smaller ones in movies and magazines and stuff. But for a normal person’s cell phone mine is small, smaller than average.
    Karen: I don’t think anyone really cares as long as it works.

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