The Phantom Phone Booth
This revision of an obsolete technology underscores its symbolic value. The Romanian religious philosopher Mircea Eliade has suggested that structures erected in defense of cities — moats, labyrinths, and ramparts — most likely originated as defenses against “demons” rather than armies. In much the same way, the phone booth suggested the need for safeguards against threats less articulable than noise and weather. In its effort to protect, however, the phone booth simultaneously revealed the individual to herself and to the world.