I was at a museum in New York City this past weekend, standing in front of a 10-foot wall filled with QR codes. For those of you not yet familiar with these, a QR code — or Quick Response Code — is a barcode of sorts; it can be programmed with a variety of information, so that when scanned by a smartphone, you may see text or watch a video or link to a website.
But since I don’t own a smartphone, I can’t tell you what that 10-foot wall communicated.
Standing in front of that wall, I had the same feeling I had last week on Amazon.com. I tried to purchase a book I discovered was only available for Kindles. Since I don’t own a Kindle, I am not able to read that book.
Now granted, I am voluntarily low-tech. If I was so inclined, I could load up on the technology: a smartphone, an iPad, a Kindle. I could be plugged in and linked in and synced up and part of the collective — 24 hours a day.
But what about folks who can’t?