NYTimes [bits.blogs.nytimes.com] and others are live blogging Apple's product announcement of lower priced iPhones in new colors, plus a higher end phone that might come in gold. Hundreds of organizations around the world are reporting this live at this very moment. Literally, all of the major news organizations of this planet [news.google.com] are tuned in on Cupertino, CA, waiting to hear about the new iPhone.
Let't put this in perspective. An iPhone does not make your smarter, thinner, better looking or more loved. Yet consumers line up to buy these products as if a phone will change their lives for the better. We know it won't.
An iPhone will not change anybody's life, much less the world. So why is a product announcement being live blogged, live streamed, live reported and treated like a major world event?
A microwave oven is still just a microwave oven. A refrigerator is still just a refrigerator. I don't understand. Isn't an iPhone just a smartphone?