The Beat Generation represented everything positive that came out of the 1950s. Theirs was a message of optimism: that the kind of world we want to live in can be ours. Donald Trump wants to drag us backward.
While peer-to-peer messaging on a mobile phone has always been the most basic of all mobile phone features, 2016 is shaping up to be the biggest year ever in the transformation of smartphone messaging into more than just a medium for communication.
We've endured the desktop era, the post-PC era, the smartphone era, and don't forget the comically overused "year of mobile." Now we're seeing glimpses of the post-mobile era, characterized by virtual reality and augmented reality.