I'm going to be in my local Newspaper on Friday...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by wiithan, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. wiithan macrumors newbie


    Jun 21, 2007
    and it's all thanks to iPhone. There was recently a blurb in my local paper, the News and Observer, requesting email submissions from both iPhone fans and haters discussing the device's launch and why or why not they planned on purchasing one.

    Here was my submission:

    Dear News and Observer Staff,

    This submission is in response to your short column entitled "Help us report on iPhone's debut." My name is Ethan Sherbondy, and I am a resident of Raleigh, North Carolina. I can be reached at *phone number*. I am fifteen years old and will be a sophomore at Enloe high-school when everything starts back up again in August. Below is my rationale for purchasing iPhone when it hits stores next week:

    June 29th is a date that shall remain fixated in my mind for years to come. The prophets of tech journalism have come to recognize it as the day that the very definition of the cell phone will change forever. I have been waiting for years now for a device capable of reshaping the way I view my life, and it is with great certainty I utter the name of the messiah of mobile handsets. It's called iPhone, and it is the future.
    Many of my peers know me as that nerdy apple elitist kid, and, as such, they are often surprised when I tell them I do not own and have never owned an iPod. Why is this? With each new iPod release and revision, I remained steadfast, unimpressed by Steve Jobs' latest offering. Sure, mp3 players are cool, but I always knew, in the inner chambers of my soul, that there was something truly awe-inspiring waiting just around the corner. On January 9th, my thirst for a technological revolution was finally quenched, as Jobs revealed iPhone to the world.
    This device did it all. It took every exemplary attribute from each iPod, mobile phone, and pocket PC ever conceived, amplified them, and conglomerated them elegantly into one sleek, small, device. It was the answer to all of my prayers. As Jobs demoed iPhone's features to the mesmerized crowd, I realized the emptiness I had felt for those many painful months of anticipation would not subside until I had an iPhone of my own. I was finally ready to let go, and slip away into Steve's reality distortion field once and for all. My sole wish for the past 6 months was only for the day on which I would toss my six hundred well-earned dollars at Apple Inc. to arrive sooner.
    Never before has a product created such strong cognitive dissonance in me. I have been molded into Apple's teenage consumer tool, and the funny thing about is I've been happy to play that part in every step of way in the genesis of iPhone. I am an Apple Addict, a Mac Rumors Junkie, and most importantly, I am a future iPhone owner.

    Thank you very much for the potential inclusion of this piece in your newspaper.

    Ethan Sherbondy


    During the interview, I showed him the fake iPhone I made by printing out to -scale pictures of it and gluing them to popsicle sticks. I also showed him this essay I wrote on iPhone for a weird class, in which the teacher told us we could write about anything pertaining to America. That can be found here.

    I'm going to have an entire article dedicated to my obsession, all because of Apple's latest thing. It's awesome!
  2. rSm00th macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2007
  3. terrrrrible macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2007
  4. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    To train him, is forbidden. Much fear I sense in him... :D
  5. TheBusDriver macrumors 6502

    Dec 24, 2005
    Damn dude you have a way with words, and you are only fifteen? Jeez, do you want to right my college papers for next semester. :D
  6. kevinwiz macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2007
    i'm 15 too and i'm getting one too. none of my friends care either.
  7. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    Looks like you could indeed use the help.:cool:
  8. Rooskibar03 macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2007
    State of Denial
    Only 15 years old and he knows how to formulate a complete sentence and put it into a well thought out summary.

    Maybe there is hope for the future after all.

    Now get off my lawn..
  9. Briellz macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2007
    Minneapolis, MN
  10. beate macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2007
    Has the paper offered you a job? Geat essay!
  11. TheBusDriver macrumors 6502

    Dec 24, 2005
    You shut your mouth when you're talking to me. :D
  12. wiithan thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 21, 2007
    Now that would be indescribably cool. I haven't heard back from the newspaper yet, but I did make sure to give the journalist his own copy to take home and show to all of his coworkers. He also said I should definitely send a post-launch write up encapsulating my overall impression of the device. Maybe some good will come of this, though robbery attempts and threats on my life are also possible -- I should have realized the implications of sharing the fact that my family owned seven macs before blurting it out.

    Whatever happens, I'll finally be able to experience my 15 minutes of fame, and at the tender age of 15 to boot (just celebrated my birthday this past Friday).
  13. whateverandever macrumors 6502a

    Nov 8, 2006
    I wish I could afford $60/month service plans and $600 phones at 15 :(

    I was happy to be getting a TI-86 for Christmas when I was that age.
  14. wiithan thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 21, 2007
    Hey, that part about the data plan is a misrepresentation. With our family plan, I'm pretty sure my line is currently $9.99 per month, so upgrading to the iPhone plan requires just an additional $20 monthly. You're right though, I am a spoiled teen. My only source of income as of yet is directly from my parents; my mom hired me to continually update her website. :D
  15. Jimmyz macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2007
    Trying to remember what phone I had at 15. I think I had a T68i, followed by a RAZR as soon as it came out and a Nokia 8801 as soon as it came out as well, which leads me up to my BB 8700 at 20. I was gonna get a VERTU phone but I decided to put a hold on that and get an iPhone for a while.
  16. tominated macrumors 68000


    Jul 7, 2006
    Queensland, Australia
    I'm gonna be in the state paper (Courier Mail) sometime (i think) this week. I have also been on TV twice for an interview and for something at the hospital. BTW: I'm 13:cool:
  17. wiithan thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 21, 2007
    The guy must have really enjoyed the interview. They're considering putting me on the front page! A professional photographer is coming over tomorrow to take a picture.
  18. marksman macrumors 603


    Jun 4, 2007
    I am going to be in the paper too.

    Unfortunately it is in the local CrimeWatchers Report.


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