Cell phones have quickly become ubiquitous features of life in North America, producing no end of convenience and annoyance. As seems to be the case with most technology, we as a culture don’t know how to master our public cell phone use and are instead find ourselves mastered.
So, when I read this story, I was intrigued. I must say that, although it is illegal, I completely identify with Andrew.
“She was using the word ‘like’ all the time. She sounded like a Valley Girl,” said the architect, Andrew, who declined to give his last name because what he did next was illegal.
Andrew reached into his shirt pocket and pushed a button on a black device the size of a cigarette pack. It sent out a powerful radio signal that cut off the chatterer’s cellphone transmission — and any others in a 30-foot radius.
“She kept talking into her phone for about 30 seconds before she realized there was no one listening on the other end,” he said. His reaction when he first discovered he could wield such power? “Oh, holy moly! Deliverance.”