December 1, 2008

Smartphones, Networks and Stupidity [8:10 am]

A new instrument in the study of the sociology and anthropology of crime: In the Cellphone Era, a New Picture of Stupidity Emerges (pdf)

In the olden days of stolen cellphones — say, three, four years ago — the best you could do was call yourself. Dial your own number and hope that a good citizen picked up, while you imagined the phone’s possible locations. On the street? Under a barstool? Wedged in a Metro seat and bleating out weak rings as the battery . . . slowly . . . died?

Now, a whole number of applications and services have made it possible for you to Follow That Treo, follow it straight to justice.

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