Oh God Please Make It Stop

This is an actual thing that happened at the tech and branding Sodom and Gomorrah known as SXSW this week:

South By Southwest 2012 can be summarized thusly: An impossibly-named marketing company called Bartle Bogle Hegarty is doing a little human science experiment called Homeless Hotspots. It gives out 4G hotspots to homeless people along with a promotional t-shirt. The shirt doesn’t say, “I have a 4G hotspot.” It says, “I am a 4G hotspot.

You can guess what happens next. You pay these homeless, human hotspots whatever you like, and then I guess you sit next to them and check your email and whatnot. The digital divide has never hit us over the head with a more blunt display of unselfconscious gall.

It’s not a joke or a hoax, they are turning homeless people into wireless hotspots for the Twitterati to use.  I think I’m going to be sick.

This will be my last SXSW post.  I’m done.

Source:

SXSW In A Nutshell: Homeless People As Hotspots (ReadWriteWeb)

 

 

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