This became a topic of discussion on the Blackberry crackberry forums where many believe that texting and Emailing is the way to go these days, and that the phone call conversation should just go away. I, on the other hand, believe that what society needs is more phone call communication. This doesn't mean it will be as prevalent as in the days before texting and Emailing. It just means that Clive Thompson's desire for the death of the phone call is, well...just plain ridiculous. Having been in the business world before changing careers to become a teacher, I have spend my entire adult life in a field dealing with constant human interaction and communication, and let me tell you--texting and Emailing has resulted in an impersonal world filled with people too impatient, too lazy, and too apathetic to communicate on a normal, personal level. Truthfully, this is sad. Once in a while, I want to talk live with a friend of mine. I don't want to be trying to press tiny buttons on my Blackberry's keyboard (to a maximum of 160 characters, moreover--3rd party SMS extender programs notwithstanding) or an iPhone's jittery touch sensitive keyboard in order to get across something that I wish to discuss. Perhaps the greatest limitation of texting and Emailing is the inability to accurately convey emotions. Forget the BS emoticons. It is still very easy for the recipient of a text or Email to misconstrue what is supposed to be sarcasm, facetiousness, humor, or something similar. In a live phone conversation, this problem rarely, if ever, occurs. Give me a live conversation any day, and stop trying to hide behind the impersonality of texting and Emailing, both of which I use quite often, but neither of which I want to totally replace a live phone call.