Objects in Mirror

Should there be places where you can't be reached?

Posted at 10:21 AM on July 13, 2010 by Julia Schrenkler

Today's Question on MPRNewsQ is a dicey one in our modern, connected world:

A lawsuit has challenged the construction of a cell phone tower that would be visible from within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Today's Question: Should there be places where you can't be reached?

While currently most of the answers focus on one form of "Yes" or even "Absolutely" there are a few other aspects to consider. Stacia wonders if perception could be changed for that reception:

Maybe cell phone towers could be prettier, or made to camouflage with their surroundings. Have artists design them. It could be like the WPA...have a folk singer write songs about it, a la Woody Guthrie and Hoover Dam. - Posted by Stacia

Judy reflects on the celluar power-users:

People that are constantly on cell phones have an exagerated view of their importance. Yes there should be places where one can not be reached!!!!!!!!! - Posted by Judy

And Amy? She makes daily decisions on connectivity already:

I think we all need to make the choice whether we want to be reached. If I don't want to talk to someone, I don't answer my cell phone. If I am eating dinner, I don't answer my cell phone. If I am in public, I don't answer or make calls on my cell phone unless I absolutely have to. That said, I do think a cell phone tower in the BWCA would be nice for if phone calls absolutely need to be made or received in emergencies. - Posted by Amy

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