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As a result, I would like to encourage everyone to look for material relating to this issue that could be shared with the class; for example, I was surprised to find an article about the use of cellphones in wilderness rescue operations in a newspaper, and will hand out copies in class.
It may be interesting to consider why some students would become so emptionally involved with defending the idea that technology does not have any very significant downsides.
Here's a web page that has a different spin to how a cell phone caused problems for one person. After reading it, it turns out that the cell phone could have been any number of items / services provided. It came across as ironic that a company providing communications technologies to the outside world didn't properly communicate necessary information amongst themselves to prevent a situation like this.
Yes, this story has little to do with the underlying communications technology but rather with organizational problems, in this case with billing, that arise when new technologies are introduced.