The job Jobs did

There is a new imperative to look busy in public, to be texting, talking to someone on the phone and to be checking e-mail (preferably all at the same time). In cafes, once locations for talking, flirting, daydreaming, you now find ranks of freelancers, connected to their laptops by the umbilical cords of their earphones, eyes down. Jobs contributed to a complete reconfiguration of our social architecture.

Alice Twemlow, chair of the MFA Design Criticism program at the School of Visual Arts, in The Job Jobs Did.