I don’t if this is my idea for a thesis and I don’t know how/if this idea has legs or where they’ll take me . . .
In 1999 67% of the Finnish population owned and used mobile phones compared to 28% in the USA. Nokia phones, the late 20th century and early 21st mobile phone of choice (think iPhone with the finesse of a stapler), were produced in the Finnish town of the same name. This led to Finnish youngsters using a slang term to refer to mobile phones . . . a ‘kanny’, meaning extension of the arm. The WAP enabled phone was something to be used and also integral to the arm, a part of the person, a prosthetic limb freely wielded and controlled with flexibility, facilitating the achievement of the users daily goals and projects.
Internet is an externalisation of the human mind and these phones, these non-biological props and aids were tools of choice to access it. The number of mobile phone shops on the high streets are not merely shops but they are service points for us to gain new toys, to have mindware upgrades ‘electronic prostheses capable of extending and transforming’ our ‘reach, thought and vision’
Disclaimer a fair amount of the content above has been taken from the book Natural Born Cyborgs Minds, Technologies and the Future of the Human Intelligence by Andy Clark