Wednesday, 28 April 2010

The media revolution in reverse

The media revolution hasn't happened yet. We've exchanged one lock in for another, so we're still stuck with what big media says we can and cannot do. Apple says what CDs you can and cannot rip for your iPod, and everyone says unilaterally that you cannot rip your movies for private viewing there too. We're still stuck, especially if the law keeps changing to keep us in the old business model.

And now the iPad has newspaper publishers all excited because, finally, there is an internet device with total lock-in designed as a pure media consumption device. It's the internet as television, the way they've always wanted. To a mind like that, the iPad is set to "fix" the internet. To my mind, the internet ideals of freedom should fix the iPad.

Mokalus of Borg

PS - I know the iPad device itself will be pretty cool.
PPS - But in a lot of ways it's more like a Kindle than a netbook.

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