Like CB, they may well vanish from public attention, if not from the actual world (plenty of CB radios still get sold, after all). And they’ll probably be replaced, or absorbed by, new technology within a few years. But they’re popular right now because people want to get around Big Media’s stranglehold on news and information, just as CBs were popular with people who wanted to get around Jimmy Carter’s speed limits. And, like Jimmy Carter, Big Media folks seem largely clueless about what’s going on.
by Jeff Jarvis