In the past month, there has been several new mobile devices made available. From tablets to phones to audio players to gaming systems, there’s a bit of that pre-holiday press to make sure that you not just have the latest thing, but that you are so unique and qualified to have that latest thing that there are companies who will accessorize that latest thing for you just the same.
…Watching people choose a Bible in a bookstore can also be creative to watch as well. They ask questions like, what is the most popular translation, what colors do they come in, how long will the cover last, and what kind of type and fonts are used, well, you get the picture.
What’s the connection? Many people buy both for looks, not content. They buy for durability, not actual use. They carry them on trips having never used much of what’s inside. People in places of travel look cool with the latest trend in travel ware…
This is part of what’s been gonig through my thoughts in the past days as I’ve purchased a Kindle Fire HD (the 7in model) to replace my 1st generation iPad. My motivations were mostly functional – I’m dealing with a device that’s 2 years old, and while very much the canvas that I’ve made work for me, is also a series of compromises and potentially missed opportunities because of how I do mobility. The Kindle Fire HD might not even be the best solution for me. However, I’m motivated to play a bit and see what it looks like having a new device and motivations that are beyond just having something shiny or that will make me noticable to some group. Because the real question is, is my use of this new device making me more noticable to the Father?