The Poors Have Taken This From Us, Too
Perhaps the least-covered bit of news from yesterday's Apple press conference is that the iPhone 3GS is now free on AT&T's network. This leaves the iPhone poised to become the smartphone version of the Motorola RAZR, both ubiquitous and universally despised as a cheap piece of shit because it was the free thing you got with your cell phone contract.
However, this is important for another reason. IPhones have become the new ubiquitous things that poor people shouldn't have if they're really poor, joining the illustrious list of virtually everything that requires electricity to function.
Alas, they're free now. Free for you, free for me, free for Poor Patty and free for Poor Steve. (Granted, you still have to pay the monthly bill, so the poor can still be resented for being able to do that.)
This leaves a void, people. A void in the list of things that poor people aren't allowed to have even as they sift through the cultural detritus of what used to be middle class luxuries. The air conditioning they never turn on? The budget DVD player that got a Redbox movie stuck in it? That stuff costs money, people. It's our duty to pass broad moral judgments whenever people have the potential to make unwise decisions.
Well, whenever that potential involves the theoretical misuse of $8 an hour for something other than dirt-flavored ramen
So, what's the new iPhone, people?