Cell-phone culture, and the connectivity it enables, opens users to heretofore unperceived scenarios taking place around them. By allowing owners to tap into each other’s realities on a whim, at a moment‘s notice, from virtually anywhere, cell phones place people in contact with the banality, stress and exhilaration of each other’s lives in unprecedented ways -- and, in doing so, relativize one‘s own individual scenario. Above all, it’s these new-media dynamics, the blessings and burdens of human synchronicity that come out of cell-phone and Net culture, that Tykwer is intent on probing.
”People think in terms of what-ifs all day: ‘What if I didn’t make that call, what if I took a different route to work?‘“ muses Tykwer. ”In the banality of one’s situation are so many hidden, uncelebrated potential realities. Luckily, we now have the virtual toys that allow us to celebrate not just our reality, but alternate realities as well.“