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Updated: 12/18/2013 08:00:02AM

Can you … can everybody … hear me now?

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S.L. Frisbie

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Now that Obamacare is working perfectly and we have no further concerns about the NSA overstepping its bounds in eavesdropping on the world, it is time to focus on the next global crisis: cellphones on airplanes.

Starting about three weeks after Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone and immediately summoned his sidekick, Watson, with those classic words: “Mr. Watson, come here; I want to see you,” on March 10, 1876, the most iconic phrase in the English language has become, “Can you hear me now?” From ham radio operators to kids with toy walkie talkies to CB radio enthusiasts to (gasp!) cellphone users, we have become a nation obsessed with talking to each other, even when we have nothing worthwhile to talk about.

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