While thinking up my next post, I can be quoted as saying that I would discuss a number of things: “Flash v. HTML5, the iPad, iPhone v. Android” (now that I actually own an iPhone), as well as a few others. However, after reading and rereading articles and blogs about the iPad, after watching the keynote twice, after contemplating the place where the iPad would really fit into my day-to-day life, I now realize I’m not going to get into this… I am not going to add to the cannon fodder of either argument. Whether or not I think the iPad is the “best technology in a magical & revolutionary device at an unbelievable price” or not is somewhat irrelevant to how the device will progress over time. I will say this in closing: I personally think that the conversations we have now will be moot when the iPad, either in its current or later iterations, is released on the world, not because it is revolutionary or magical, but because it appeals to those that will never read this sentence.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.