I had a funny exchange at the Showstoppers event last night at CES.
I was with a friend who was asking questions about some phone-related product at the company's booth. The young woman doing PR was explaining the product, and to make a point commented, "I'm Old School. I still have an iPhone 4S."
She went on with her comments, and as I listened, I realized I couldn't let the moment pass. With a smile, though pointedly, I interrupted. "I'm sorry, but just to be clear, you're not 'Old School.' Old School would be if you were using a regular cell phone, not a Smartphone. Or if you were using an old Motorola brick phone. Or were still using a dial-up telephone."
She laughed and agreed. Later, my friend commented that it was a generational thing. While I sort of agreed in theory, I said it really wasn't. Not buying a new phone every year does not make one "Old School," whatever your generation. If it was generational in any way (which it sort of was...), it's that she didn't exactly understand the meaning of "Old School."
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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