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An iPhone Changed My Life (Brie

Monty Solomon (
Fri, 6 Jul 2007 11:07:43 -0400


The New York Times

WHEN I took my iPhone out of the box on Friday to prove to my children
that we were the first family on the block with one, I had a glimpse
of what life will be like after I'm dead and they're fighting over my

"Can I have it?" asked Ella, 16.

"I'm the oldest," said Zoe, 18.

"I'm the only one who doesn't already have a cellphone," said
Clementine, 9.

"You shouldn't keep it for yourself, because you hate cellphones and
don't even answer the one you have," Ella said. "You will neglect it
and won't use all the features. Give it to someone who will appreciate
it. Me."

"Me," Zoe said.

"Me," Clem said.

I looked at my offspring -- so eager, so easily manipulated by the hype
surrounding a shiny new gadget that could perform some but not all of
the same functions as the gadgets they already owned - and wondered if
the situation presented an opportunity to do far more than simply lord
it over the neighbors.

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