Go out in public anywhere and invariably you see people looking down, checking their phone messages. It’s such a common sight that when I picked up today’s New York Times and glanced at this photo, my first thought was something along the lines of “Huh . . . they mean it when they say everybody’s got a cell phone now.”
Then I read the cutline and realized it was a photo from the 1930s, taken by photographer Walker Evans (read more about him here).
So no, the Alabama sharecropper in the photo isn’t an iPhone beta tester or even a very early adopter.