“Terminator” town zaps the mobile – a bunch of Luddites?

April 18, 2008

phone.jpgThe Austrian city of Graz has become the first to ban the use of mobile phones on public transport.

The mayor of the country’s second-largest city, Siegfried Nagl, has had it with the “I’m on the train” stuff and now demands mobiles be switched to silent, although it is not immediately clear how transgressors will be punished.

Some 68 percent of the people of Graz — birthplace of Arnold Schwarzenegger — approve of the idea but others say it’s an erosion of civil liberty and that some people, believe it or not, actually might NEED to make phone calls on the bus.

What do you think of the idea? Blessed relief from annoying ringtones and drivelly conversations or a Luddite negation of technological reality?

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The human race evolved up until now with no mobile phones, I’d say it’s a safe bet we’ll get along with this small ‘incursion’.

Ben

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