Death becomes them: No need for a telephone or TV with Gmail and Netflix
Pieces of the Philo T. Farnsworth and Alexander Graham Bell legacies died this week.
But these tragedies weren't reported in TMZ or People, or any fluff rags in between. And you didn't even notice. Because we were all too enamored with their replacement technologies to care.
The release of Netflix for iPhone (finally) and Google rolling out phone calls in Gmail aren't just two small apps for man. They're hurdling leaps for the tools in mankind's arsenal as we know it.
Let's be frank. With the Netflix app, your television has just been rendered entirely obsolete. While this isn't news to iPad owners, far more technophiles possess an iPhone or iPod than the iMaxi.
And now that you can stream both movies and television shows to your handheld device wherever you are, you can toss that stodgy, stationary Samsung out on its plastic rump. Just make sure you have a Netflix membership that permits watching instantly.
We think this means the couch will slowly fade into obscurity, too. And fare thee well, ye olde yawn-and-reach. We'd rather huddle cheek-to-cheek over an iPhone anyway.
And while we're at it, what's a "telephone" anymore? With Google's feature permitting you to make free domestic phone calls within the Gmail interface, who needs a cord - or a Skype account? Not you!
Look. You and half the world already use Gmail. And Google Calendar. And Google Talk. And Google Docs. And YouTube. We're saying you already have a Google account. And now, you never have to leave your computer again!
Unless you want to watch movies on your iPhone, that is.
So, while you regretlessly squint at 30 Rock on your iPhone and chat - err, talk - up your best friend in Alaska while checking your email, we will quietly mourn the death of the television and the telephone on behalf of all mankind.
Then we'll hurry up and sell 'em on eBay before anyone else jumps ship for these newfangled apps so we can find out what zany thing Liz Lemon does next.
Last one to download the app's a rotten egg! We'll Gcall you when we're done.