Can you hear me now?

Banksy, a guerilla artist in the UK, recently installed his latest public work: An old-school British Telecom telephone-box, murdered by a pickaxe attack in Central London.

Pretty excellent, eh? Even better was the public reaction. The London city council immediately had it removed, whereupon British Telecom officials jokingly offered to buy it and have it installed in their main lounge. As the BBC reports:

A BT spokesman said: “This is a stunning visual comment on BT’s transformation from an old-fashioned telecommunications company into a modern communications services provider.”

Hegemony: It’s not just for breakfast anymore!

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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