Hanging up the landline
June 16, 2014
Guests: Brian Fung, Claude Fischer, Keith Hampton
Do you have a landline telephone?Â More and more people are cutting the cord and opting instead for just a cell phone. Â Meanwhile, telecommunication companies are moving away from the old copper lines, replacing them with internet-based systems. Â Â But are these better than traditional hardlines?Â Today, the rise and fall of the landline phone.Â Weâ€™ll talk about the new phone systems and look back on how the telephone influenced the 20th century and how cell phones are the shaping the 21st. Â Â Martyâ€™s guests are BRIAN FUNG, technology reporter at the Washington Post, CLAUDE FISCHER, Professor of Sociology at University of California Berkeley, and KEITH HAMPTON, Associate Professor of Communication at Rutgers University.