Now that I have a laptop that comes with WiFi access, I find myself far more interested in WiFi hotspots, especially the social and economic minutiae.
Now, this article surprises the hell out of me — and it shouldn’t. The idea of simply walking into a place that offers free WiFi, plunking down, and not buying a single thing astonishes me. I might end up like one of the others mentioned, who buy what they consider the bare minimum, but if I’m going to just mooch off their broadband, I’ll have the shame to stay outside and not take up a seat.
I also find the “depersonalizing” of the sort of places that have been traditionally homes to social interaction fascinating — if slightly disturbing. The idea of these places becoming more like offices… I don’t like that.
It’s an interesting article, even if it’s from the Boston Globe. A great affirmation of Robert Heinlein’s TANSTAAFL Principle — “There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.” Especially in a place that sells lunch.