Cell Biography- By Alex Dent

I bought my first cellular phone under duress.  I didn’t want a tether.  The specific circumstances — who was able to persuade me to get one, and why — will be left for another time.  But the point is that from the start, my relationship with the object has been ambivalent.  Nowadays, I listen to music and podcasts on it, record song-ideas and fieldwork interviews, check Facebook, text (yes, instead of calling), and take pictures — mostly on Instagram.  I also tune my guitar with it, look up facts with it, and sometimes sense that it is vibrating in my pocket (when it isn’t).  Thus, my whole interest in this device is about the back-and-forth — the semi-antagonistic dance that most of us are engaged in with our cellular phones most of the time.


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