Watching Aliens the other day reminded me of how futuristic video conferencing was at one point in science fiction. It seemed reasonable that when the technology became available it would be the predominant means of communication. Yet texting (and messaging, and tweeting) seem way more popular.
It says something about human nature that we prefer terse, disconnected, asynchronous communication over rich real-time interaction. Maybe its one way that we’re holding on to our eroding privacy. We’re only revealing the bare minimum information required in order to communicate. When I send a text you don’t know where I am, how I’m dressed, who I’m with, my facial expression, my tone of voice, anything really. Its also one way. I just get to say my part, without reaction or interruption.
But I guess the exchange of brief cryptic textual utterances lacked enough cinematographic impact to find their way into the imagination sci-fi movie makers.