A (somewhat) hopeful new direction for mobile

During my hiatus from writing on this site, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what I can add to the mobile conversation. The mobile industry and the billions of people it impacts don’t need another mouthpiece or outlet to rave about the shiniest new gadget, network upgrade or app release.

News matters, but who does it matter to? Surely it matters to the Apples, Ericssons and Qualcomms of the world, but what about the 99.9 percent of us who don’t own stock or collect a paycheck from those companies? We have no special interest in their success, and yet most of the news in this space is presented and viewed through the eyes of them — the empowered carriers, device and chipset makers, infrastructure vendors, app developers and venture capitalists.

It’s easy to overlook all the customers, employees and factory workers that make this an industry at all. But I would like to change that in my own little way. I have no illusions about how the media machine works, nor do I expect one of the most powerful and deep-pocketed industries on our planet to change its ways. But we can hope and try to make things better.

I won’t stop writing about major news from Apple, the big U.S. carriers or Google anytime soon. But I want to tell more stories — about how mobility is changing our culture, how people increasingly use mobile devices to do their job, and where and why mobile fails to connect the haves and the have-nots. Mobile is a game changer — it has enabled a global leveling effect and progress on many levels — but not for everyone.

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