I’m sure a lot of you didn’t realize it, but the moment you picked up your first BlackBerry, your IQ grew exponentially (well, kinda). A really well-thought out article in the New York Times profiles the use of the BlackBerry as an avenue to take when a bet just needs to be settled (or for any other instant information gratification). Doctors using Google in front of a patient, bookies using Wikipedia – what’s next?
Itâ€™s like the classic scene in Woody Allenâ€™s 1977 film â€œAnnie Hall,â€ when Alvy Singer imagines how he would like to reply to the know-it-all standing behind him in line for a movie and pontificating about Marshall McLuhan. Now, instead of pulling McLuhan out from behind a poster to scold, â€œYou know nothing of my work,â€ Alvy could just pull out his BlackBerry and shove the Wikipedia entry in the guyâ€™s face.
I really want to hear from you folks about this one. I love just sitting back at the bar and hearing pals spout on about topics, silently checking into my BlackBerry to put them in their place when they misplay their information (and you better believe they think I’m a jerk for doing so). So, recently settled a bet between you and the girlfriend? Boosted your knowledge with a quick Wiki search? Let me know what’s up.