The Critical 'I'

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Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Sign of the digital times: While at the Publix deli today getting my lunch (6-inch turkey sub on grain bread, if you must know), I noticed a 17-inch computer monitor sitting in plain view directly behind the counter, with a Publix screensaver flashing on and off every few seconds.

A computer terminal hookup in the deli department. No doubt a useful, even necessary, work tool for the supermarket employees. But it still seems a little odd. I'm sure it seemed odd when they first started installing phones in places like the deli and stockrooms about 30 years ago, too.