Thank God we cover guns in Tech Digest because I am getting really sick of some these shock merchants and academic types that would do best to pay more attention to their personal hygiene than the habits and trends of the internet and internet users.
The man who’s got my goat today is Professor Jonathan Zittrain of Oxford University who has decided that modern internet appliances like iPhones are destroying the internet because these more locked-down devices offer little in the way of the interactivity traditionally associated with the web. Thus creation, development and innovation are curtailed.
Well, I’d like to counter Professor Zittrain’s conclusion with my equally academic response – bollocks.
What an utter load of bunkum. People will use their handhelds to browse the internet and their larger units to interact with it – you know, where you can actually interact at speeds higher than 5wpm. Has this man never heard of web 2.0?
He thinks that fear will lead people to these safer “tethered” appliances because spamming and scamming will scare them off “generative PCs attached to a generative network” and suddenly, I get the picture.
Professor Zittrain clearly had his bank account cleaned out after responding to the e-mail of some Nigerian minister looking to smuggle US$15million out of his “troubled regime”.
The final nail in this academic’s coffin is the new book he’s bringing out with all of these wonderful theories inside for you to burst your blood vessels over. It’s called “The Future of the Internet and How to Stop it” and frankly I’m a little upset I’ve offered him the column inches.
How can people write books about the internet? The web changes far too quickly for the initial premise to still be relevant. By the time the author has finished composing it, it’s out of date and if the book has been written speedily enough for that not to be true, then it can’t have been very carefully considered, now can it?
But paradoxes aside, the web’s perennial browsers may just stick to small handhelds but us true masters of technology will forever hack and slash our way through the pages. It is what we love to do. Now go and have a wash professor.
(via PC Wolrd)