The students are seated,

one to a table,

at tables for two,

ears wired,

laptops humming,

cell phones buzzing,

fingers texting,

iPods thumping,

toes drumming,

email flashing,

lattés cooling,

textbooks open,

reading for an exam

in Issues in Contemporary Culture 102.

– “At The Berkeley Free Speech Cafe”, by Thomas R. Moore

Wi-Fi Diner, produced for Wired Magazine. 2003
© Josh Ellingson, Illustrator

[From the artist’s statement on the above illustration:  “This was for an article in Wired Magazine about the advantages of giving Wi-Fi access away for free in coffee shops and other retail businesses. The art directors were dead set on doing a modern take of Hopper’s “Nighthawks” painting.”]