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Seinfeld on smartphones and texting: "I could have called you and I chose not to."

Seinfeld on smartphones and texting: 'I could have called you and I chose not to.'

Stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld's been back on the prowl recently with his oddball and descriptively-titled Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, though his eponymous "show about nothing" has never been far from the public consciousness (see: iToilet and Google Wallet). Seinfeld himself showed up on The Tonight Show this week and he, as he's prone to do, talked about how we use our smartphones and the way they've changed how we communicate.

"That's your life, because of the people, right? That you need to stay in touch with that are so important. The people in your life, they're so important, aren't they? Yes. Really? They don't seem very important, not the way you scroll through their names in your contact list like a gay French king. 'Who pleases me today? Who shall I favor? Who shall I delete?'

And we call it a phone, but we don't really use it much as a phone, do we? No, we don't, because they gave us the option. Some years ago you were given the option when you want to communicate to another person: you could talk or you could type. Well once you had that option, well that took half a second — talking lost. Talking's over!"

Seinfeld's not entirely wrong, as Facebook's recent $16 billion acquisition of WhatsApp indicated, text message-style communication is incredibly important to us these days. Have we lost something in the process, or, as Seinfeld pointed out, has texting just made things easier and more to-the-point?

"If you want, I could text you this whole thing and we could get the hell out of here."

Source: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (YouTube), Thanks to Brent for the tip!



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NIST says:

Like a gay French
I read the whole thing in my head in Jerry's voice.

toyotast165 says:

Not that there's anything wrong with that

Rishicash says:

I am not gay or a French King, but if I were, I would be highly offended! Wait, didn't France do away with Kings a few years back?

jeddo45 says:

I like his model of mail. USPS gets the mail, reads it, types it up, and emails us! Easy!

Nexus 5...enough said


Let's not criticize others who got a phone that they enjoy. You don't like when people bash your windows phone, do you?

Well this is windows phone central. Not android central But I get your point.

user928 says:

It's ok to bash gay french kings but leave the droid guys phone alone?

Sam Sabri says:

I don't think we have too many gay French kings reading wpcentral or android central lol

LOL, you just had to! Made my day! :D

jeddo45 says:

I get that, but if Mobile Nations didn't want Androiders to come over here and participate in this app, than they would have not released an Android App for it...

Nexus 5...enough said

Lenin17301 says:

Chill out people, this article is cross-site, the whole of Mobile Nations can comment on it.

BinaryInk says:

Well, it is slightly different when only ~5% have Windows Phones and are bashed on (or almost worse: scoffed at and dismissed) by the remainder majority...

lippidp says:

I've never once had any real person bash my phone. It's usually just that they've never heard of it. I like it that way, too.

BinaryInk says:

I'm not condoning 'bashing' against anyone's phone and I'm well aware that Windows Phone is behind Android/iOS in some respects, but it does happen to me occasionally in person and it can be easily observed on the internet on sites like Gizmodo and their ilk (at least far more often than WP users giving flak for having an Android/iPhone, and that could just be due to the ratio of Android/iPhone users vs. WP users on those websites). It's also worth noting that people, once on the internet, think they have e-penises the size of the Burj Khalifa and is probably why it's more commonly seen in forums/comments than in person.

My experience with it in person is people like the look of my Lumia 928 (and specifically the glance/double-tap to wake feature), but then dismiss the platform based on hearsay (which is primarily fueled by the aforementioned e-penis crowd)...I only used the term bashing because it was used before, I'm certain there's a better word for it (something related to being smug maybe?)

As far as the obscurity goes, I also kind of enjoy it, but it's primarily because if I see someone else with a WP handset (in a bar or something), it's generally a good conversation starter. It's definitely helped foster a sense of community with other WP users.


jeddo45 says:

Man, you remind me of a guy named Richard Yarell at the android central side of things....

Nexus 5...enough said

Tafsern says:

Nexus for gay French kings! Enough said.

MarcoBug322 says:

I am looking for a device photographing better as my Lumia 1020  ..Nexus 5 how does it shoot ?

enough said

jeddo45 says:

I'm gonna say the 1020 does a heck of a lot better than the nexus 5. That thing has a monster of a camera. I'm not saying the Nexus 5 shoots bad. It does really well in good lighting, and its lowlight shots are decent because of OIS. I would say you have to see it for your self. I'm not sure if any camera on a phone looks as good as the 1020.

Nexus 5...enough said

Xaphoon148 says:

What's a nexus?
Posted via WPC app for Nokia 909

Nazir Taib says:

Lol. True indeed.

I wish there was a option for my phone, when someone I don't want to text me it gets diverted, then sends them a voice mail and says "Go Fuck Yourself!"

weedog1889 says:

You are truly a god, feckin awesome idea.

mdram says:

Long live Derek!

_Haitian says:

Text all the time and if you want to call me or for me to call you. Txt me that too.
Especially if all you say in your voicemail is "call me back." I would have gotten the message much faster and called back faster than going through the whole process of checking your voicemail only to hear "Call me back."
You know what I mean by that
"please enter your password"
"press 1 to revue your new message"
"message one, sent, today, at 2:30pm from 555-6788 - Call me back"

Laura Knotek says:

I never understood the popularity of "Seinfeld". I've never been able to watch a single episode in its entirety. I just didn't find it funny or even entertaining.

allos autos says:

You and me both. His stand-up is not bad, but I found his sitcom awful. I haven't been able to make it through an episode either.

Well. I've never understood the comedy/popularity of shows like "how I met your mother" and "scrubs," but they are/were popular. Different strokes for different folks I guess. But me, I got every season of Seinfeld on DVD!

Laura Knotek says:

I don't like those shows either (or find them funny). I do like "Big Bang Theory".

jaimeastin says:

Big Bang for the Win! Hilarious to everyone I know... Same thing, did nit like most popular shows, but this show catches you off guard it is so funny. No die hard watcher, but I will not turn if it is on... Oh, I do like Seinfeld though... Took years... But like my brother told me... It us a show about nothing.. I did not like It until I got older...

jibreezy1982 says:

Same with me, I started liking them as I got older, Frasier also..

hs k says:

I never have been able to tolerate the sarcasm in BBT. It hurts and sometimes gets boring. Cue in Randy Marsh from south park in the episode Sarcastaball, that is how I feel after an episode of Bbt

lippidp says:

It was funny at the time. Not so much any more.

dkediger says:

Too much "caricature" in the Seinfeld characters.
Big Bang Theory and Cheers have been about the best (excepting any Kirstie Ally appearances). How's that for dating myself?

jmshub says:

Seinfeld was always one of my favorite shows. :)

U should watch Curb ur enthusiasm. Its about the creator of Seinfeld. Its pretty awesome. I didn't start watchin Seinfeld until after Curb your Enthusiasm

Dazzi says:

I'm sorry but that video reminded me of my 'old' drunken uncle, trying to be funny at family gatherings -- shite. He has clearly lost his mojo!

mango.lover says:

What is this word "shite"? I've been hearing it a lot recently. Why are people using it and where did it come from? I can't be the only one noticing it popping up all over the place.

walkingdogs says:

Shite is just another term for shit. It's just a way to kind of soften the blow of the word shit and use it in more situations i suppose.

mango.lover says:

Hmm. I always thought the preferred euphemism for the s-word was "crap".

jibreezy1982 says:

When I msg I spell it as shyt, it doesn't really mean anything, just a different way to write shyt

savagandrew says:

It's Scottish. And very specific - 'shit' is used generally, while 'shite' is explicitly that which you leave in the toilet.

Dazzi says:

Savagandrew you're spot on with your description mate. It's also been used in the north of England -- Yorkshire -- regularly by people for eons too. There, was another word I could of used for Sienfield, which roles off of the tongue perfectly -- the word 'prick'..... Ha ha ha

savagandrew says:

Aye, it's a great word. You throw it at people in a way lesser swear words (aside from the 'c' word) can't be thrown.

Dazzi says:

Lol savagandrew I just love our northern slang. It's a pity others from around the world don't get northern humour -- Oh well, at least we have explained. Also, they need to understand we all (UK) don't talk like 'Cockneys' or other London slang -- I've noticed that in all the Hollywood films lol

Dazzi says:

Mango.lover have a look at savagandrew definition -- that's the correct meaning where I come from. Also, this is not a 'softened blow' of the word shit. It's full on version -- think of the nastiest, dirtiest 'turd' you could imagine, in the most disgusting toilet in the world!! That is what is called shite. ;)

marantaz says:

I was sitting in my living room while my wife and one son watched the Olympics and my other son played games on Steam. The Microsoft commercial about technology and what it does for us came on, and the always say technology brings us closer together. I laughed. Obviously, it doesn't.

jaimeastin says:

Say it! Though we can communicate instantly, we are less personal...

lippidp says:

Less personal, and sometimes less effective. Many misunderstandings occur via email/text. I never send anything important that way. A phone call or, gasp, face to face is the way to go.

Sin Ogaris says:

Which carriers support face to face?

Guess it depends on how you use that technology. Video calling shortens the distances for example. But alot of technology doesn't do anything for human interaction.

dvda247 says:

Rochelle, Rochelle.

millercrew5 says:

Watched it and it was freaking hilarious!!!!

arbetaren says:

How's this relevant to Windows Phone?

Are Windows Phones not Smartphones?

I can't agree. The choice is there still, its not gone. Texting is convenient for short bursts of information. Like "meet you there at..." etc. I still hate people who thinks texting a whole 5 minutes conversation is easier than calling. There's a limit on the numbers of texts you wanna make before you actually call the person. But yes, texts are easier for small and quick conversations.

Seinfeld hit it out of the park with that routine! I was rolling!

DANTE X40 says:

I am not French nor am I gay, but i have been living in France for 11 years. I had a good laugh when reading about the bloody French! Thank you for starting my day with a laugh!

A non funny yanky jew

Watch the episode of RICWCGC(damn that's long) with Chris Rock. Its hilarious. Also the one with Larry David is cool too. They are all available in hulu

terrokkinit says:

Here's the deal: I don't ever have time to talk to someone on the phone. I find it pointless and a waste of time. Text between friends and video/pic chatting are much easier, as I can read and respond when I get a minute TO look at my phone. Yes, call me crazy, but it's the diehard honest truth for me. Truth also be known, carriers make money off only data these days...voice revenue, while still somewhat important, went gone years ago. That model declined since the iPhone and smartphone era and data took over real quick. The future really is the data network, despite whatever else is used; no wonder the USA spends more money on exports of smartphones as much as it does. Annnd, let the disagreeing comments flow haha! Please be gentle ;)

terrokkinit says:

Yes, I'm a twentysomething as well, so maybe that influences my point of view. You're welcome lol

U couldn't be truer.(if that's a word). When I was married, I had to talk on the "phone" cause my wife could read my messages, since she worked for Verizon. Coulda/shoulda had her fired, but it is what it is

mtiede says:

I don't get texting. My buddy comes over to play pool. I take a shot. It is his turn. He literally gets a text from his daughter that she got the dog a bone. He feels he must immediately look at the text. (as if there is EVER an important message that is texted). Then he feels he must read me the message. Then, while it is still his turn, he must type in a reply. As that GREAT windows phone commercial said, "Really?". I've been considering making the house an "airplane mode" location.

8 or 9 ball? Bar or regulation tabled

wpguy says:

It's not texting that you don't get, it's your buddy's behavior. That's just plain rude. Next time, ask him to come back when he has time to play pool.

swizzlerz says:

That was funny

SargeT says:

Never found any sense in these American-styled shows. We got some very talented translations of them, some copies and some own actors with likely action, that's funny but why to take him serious here? Is he an analyst or a scientist talking about what he knows or what?

Jas00555 says:

Um.... He's a comedian lol

He is starting to sound like Brian Reagan