What is This “iPad” of Which You Speak?

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on March 23, 2011

Lileks meets someone caught in a time warp. Weirdness ensues:

As noted, this is a sorta-kinda hiatus week, as I am taking some time off from work, kid’s out of school, and I am finishing the novel this week. Today’s brief note: I was sitting in a doctor’s waiting room, fiddling around on the iPad (using Zite, which is a fine, fine iPad newsreader). Seated adjacent was a tall fellow in a dark suit, perhaps early 30s. Well-groomed. Reading a magazine.

“Excuse me,” he said in a standard American accent. “Is that some kind of touch-based laptop?”

“Yes, it is,” I said, somewhat nonplussed, if there are gradations of nonplussedness. “It’s an iPad.”

“And it gets the internet?”

I nodded.


I nodded.

“I just noticed you using your fingers to operate it,” he said. “It’s like, you know, Tom Cruise.”

I couldn’t instantly recall the name of the movie either, but I knew what he meant.

“It’s an iPad,” I said.

“An iPad?” he said.

I nodded.

Then he was called into the doctor’s office for an exam, and I could only wonder. Car crash? Coma? Memory loss? If so: Does he go around every day asking people about their iPads and iPhones?

Point B: It’s a sign of the times that the most reasonable explanation for a 30-something American male to be ignorant of the iPad is some sort of mental handicap or brain injury.

  • RobertSeattle

    I met TWO mid 30′s people at the same time yesterday who had never heard of “Angry Birds”. How is that? :-)

  • BruisedLee

    Or, maybe he has a rich, fulfilling life. Has a personal assistant take care of the day-to-day mundane tasks, so he has more time for F1 racing, and managing his numerous philanthropic pursuits. Nails Brasilian supermodels every night. Not an iPad in sight.

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