I am sitting at some awful government building waiting to renew my passport before a 9pm flight tonight. I had thought the in person service was supposed to be a breeze. I was wrong....
My number, A3543, is still about 100 people away and I am stuck in a dreary gray room with nothing to look at.
On second thought, it isn't so dreary at all. Despite nothing on the walls, media and content are everywhere. Let me explain.
The kid in front of me is watching a video with mom on an iPod by sharing the earbuds. The two people next to him are on their cell phones. Behind me a kid has been texting for the past 30 minutes. To my right is a kid with some crazy purple device. I have no idea what it is, but the screen size looks pretty good. A PSP pops up an hour later and a gentleman with some type of ultra thin (and no doubt wireless) PDA. And me, well, of course I am sitting here with my laptop.
To my far left, I do see one gentleman reading a paper and a woman with a magazine. A quick scan of the room reveals that visible digital devices far outweigh the number of traditional media.
And this is what I love about technology. In the face of a 4-hour wait in a government building, just about anyone can be productive or entertained.
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