“It’s Like an Electronic Leash to Yank Me Back In”

…is how Contessa Brewer described her work-issued BlackBerry on MSNBC just now. (The comment came as Brewer was readying herself for an on-air text-off against Kate Moore, the 15-year-old winner of Tuesday’s LG Texting Championship.*)

*Brewer lost. Her reaction to this inevitable outcome? “I hate failing. Even with a teenager.”

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.