Analyzing the iPhone as a Cultural Artifact

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The iPhone as Cultural Artifact Introduction When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone at the Macworld convention in January of 2007, a tidal change in the way users communicate with one another was unleashed. The phone, which combined the already popular attributes of an iPod with the traditional cell phone, was an instant success, selling millions of units even at the initially haughty price of $599 each (Vogelstein, 2008). The theory behind the creation of the phone was deceptively simple: combine an MP3 player with a Blackberry, camera, and regular cell phone operating on a sleek touch-screen controlled software system. Consumers were finally freed from carrying separate devices to perform all they tasks they now wanted to away from home. In one simple hand-held device they could take pictures, listen to music, play games, communicate with friends and family, and even surf the Internet. This one device changed the way that people began sharing information, allowing them to instantly access information anywhere in the world while also transmitting it just as quickly. The iPhone is now universally recognized and has become a cultural artifact in our times. Technological Developments Since the first Transatlantic telegraph cable was laid out in 1858, the world as we know has continued to shrink (Mercer, 2006, p.17). Suddenly people could communicate around the world almost instantly, sharing information, ideas, or just greetings. This trend continued when Alexander Graham
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