I was reading this article about Nokia Apple-fying it's image with a Spike Lee-created film using uploaded audio, video, still photo and text created (a) on mobile devices (b) by nobodies. I used the term "mobile device" in the above paragraph because of this sentence in the article:
"During an interview Mr. Lee corrected himself twice, remembering that he was supposed to call the cellphone a 'mobile device.'"My first thought was "He's using a term the company paying him wants him to use." But then I thought more. Not much more, but more.
A cell phone that records and sends audio, video, photos and text is a mobile device. It should not be named after one function: person-to-person audio communication. Really, it should be called a computer. And why should it be defined by it's difference from a desktop, immobile device? A computer is no longer assumed to be sitting on a desk.
Ok, from now on, I won't call the thing I get email, twitter, texting and photos from a "cell phone,' or even a "mobile device." It's my computer.
That is dorky.