[Cdt-l] Fw: America's national parks weigh solitude against cellular access

Jonathan Ley jonathan at phlumf.com
Sat Jan 19 20:01:01 CST 2013

It just depends how & when someone is using one.

I think the biggest problem with cell phones infringing on the 
experience of nature is people (mostly kids, but more and more adults) 
doing inane things with them - playing "Angry Birds" instead of looking 
at the birds. Texting "OMG I just saw a deer!" to friends back home 
instead of appreciating the moment, or just walking around staring at a 
screen instead of the amazing view. These things kind of negate the 
whole point of being in a National Park... at least in my opinion. I 
don't think that better cell coverage is going to matter much one way or 
the other, as there is plenty you can do with a phone without any 
internet/phone access.

Maybe there is some possible compromise - microcell coverage in parking 
lots & lodges, and emergency-only towers to enhance safety?

I find it a bit funny that Brett posted this "from his iPhone"... where 
exactly he was at the moment is his secret, I guess ;-)

On 1/19/2013 3:39 PM, Bob Sartini wrote:
> People I meet in the back country I think have the same idea as I do 
> about cell phones which is most people have one as a tool to be used 
> when it makes sense. Like arranging for a ride when you get near a 
> town.  It's more in the front country where the annoying factor kicks 
> in. But then I would be in a tourist area and it would be just an 
> addition to the general  cacophony.
> So on balance I guess I'm fine with added service.  Getting pizza at a 
> road crossing ?
> On Sat, Jan 19, 2013 at 2:48 PM, Brett <blisterfree at yahoo.com 
> <mailto:blisterfree at yahoo.com>> wrote:
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>     *To: * Brett Tucker <blisterfree at yahoo.com
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>     *Subject: * America's national parks weigh solitude against
>     cellular access from NBC News for iPhone
>     *Sent: * Sat, Jan 19, 2013 7:28:41 PM
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>     America's national parks weigh solitude against cellular access
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