I fear my colleague Jonathan Kay may be suffering from hypernatremia as a result of his recent sodium fixation. Lack of salt can lead to confusion, according to Wikipedia. And on Friday, Jon, whose professional life I happen to know is quite dependent on various mobile technologies, composed what I thought was a baffling sentence: “Mobile-phone technology is destroying our ability to lead private lives.”
He illustrated the phenomenon first with the purported epidemic of “sexting,” which I have never perceived as a technological problem at all. It’s just young people saying inappropriate things to each other, and in some cases taking inappropriate photographs of each other and themselves, and then distributing them. Surely the impulse is what’s disturbing, and what needs remedying, not the technological facilitation of the impulse.
And then Kay provided a personal example: He and a friend had installed an iPhone app that allowed…
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