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Young people now text each other more than they talk by phone. ” Mobile and rapid exchange of information is exploding as innovators constantly invent new applications (“apps”) to enhance rapid communication and information sharing at the ﬁngertips of almost everyone. One example is the “Summly” app, which summarizes news articles for smart phone users. ” An array of online forms of rapid exchange have emerged, most notably through the world of social media, posting, and blogging. Facebook is the leading twenty-ﬁrst century model for social interaction, especially as mobile devices have improved to the point of imitating laptop computers in more compact form (from smart phones to iPads).
But unlike the shopping malls of the second half of the twentieth century, these earlier spaces were really designed more for the upper classes, and tended to be mainly used by them, although the working classes enjoyed visiting them and allowing them to embody their hopes. The celebrated French novelist of that era, Émile Zola, wrote an emblematic book in 1883 called Au Bonheur des Dames (The Ladies’ Delight) which was set in one of the Parisian grand department stores of the era. It described the life of a twentyyear-old sales woman who had migrated to Paris to ﬁnd work.
46 Ibid. 47 Robinson, 2012. 48 For example, writer Tom Peters’ books became best-sellers; they extolled the virtues of the new high tech work ethic for the future of American business. See Tom Peters and Robert Waterman, In Search of Excellence. New York: Harpers Business, 1992. 49 Robinson, 2012. , 5. E. Miller, 2010. 52 Ibid. 53 See also Robert Putnam, Bowling Alone. New York: Touchstone, 2001. 54 This is documented in the next chapter. 55 See Leigh Gallagher, The End of Suburbs. London: Portfolio, 2013.
Aspects of History and Class Consciousness by Istvan Meszaros