David McCullough Haunts Brooklyn Bridge, Your Headphones

Reality is boring. Augmented reality, however, is accompanied by “exclusive audio excerpts from Pulitzer Prize-winner David McCullough’s acclaimed audiobook, The Great Bridge.” In augmented reality, the usual meditative stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge is a nothing but a failed opportunity to learn more about history.

To eliminate any such waste, a social-media company called Broadcastr (drop the ‘e’ and trademark!), when downloaded, will send little alerts to your phone when you come within feet of the Brooklyn Bridge, which has now been barricaded by futuristic laser electronic radar beams called “geo-fencing.” Breach the formidable laser nets and you will be informed that instead of merely walking across the bridge you can walk across the bridge while simultaneously listening to David McCullough’s account of Boss Tweed.

“This new technology makes it even easier for app users to discover captivating stories about their location,” says the press release. We look forward to a future where every inch of New York City will be accompanied by literary narration, where we don’t walk down Wall Street without listening to Melville, or Orange Street unaccompanied by Paul Auster.