Poetry in Motion

I've always been fascinated by the leap from consumer product to cultural icon -- when and how this happens and, of course, when you notice it. Maybe it's the first time you hear someone use Tivo as a verb. Or the first time you hear someone pronounce Target "Tar-zjay," as if it were a tasty French cheese. I think another sign is when a product works its way into art, the way Andy Warhol and Campbell Soup are forever linked.

I came across another good example in this week's New Yorker. David Friend wrote a clever back page poem called Thirteen Ways of Looking at a BlackBerry. I don't even own one of these devices and yet each stanza resonated. Here's No. 13:

What best fills
And quenches
The silence?
The BlackBerry
On
Or the BlackBerry
Off?

Which products do you think are on the verge of becoming the next cultural icons? Are you doing anything to nudge them in that direction?

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  • fan

    iPod is already one and will become only more so as Apple ingeniously surrounds it more and more with your life's content... iPhoto as of last week... then video... then communication

    Even if consumers can buy something for half the price and twice the memory why would they when their whole life is seemlessly integratedinto an iPod???