Newt Gingrich on the troubling ‘cellphone’ paradox

May 13, 2013

“If it’s taking pictures, it’s not a cellphone. If it has, um, a McDonalds app, to tell you where McDonalds is, based on your GPS location – that’s not a cellphone. If you can get Wikipedia or go to Google, it’s not a cellphone. If you can watch YouTube – that’s not a cellphone. Or Netflix. Think about it! This device is something new and different.”

Newt Gingrich fretting that we are shortchanging cellphones by calling them “cellphones” when they are clearly no longer just for making phone calls. In a video message posted on his Web site over the weekend, the ever-philosophical former presidential candidate urges his followers to help him come up with better nomenclature: “What would you call this so we can explain to people that they carry in their hand literally the potential to have a dramatic revolution in how we get things done?”

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