I grew up in the eighties and nineties when Disney was still in its “Golden Age” and I’ve gotta say, the introduction of the purposeful second screen to the theater is a great move from Disney. The fact is that the iPad is the new toddler toy for better or worse, so why not take what would otherwise be an annoyance and make it commonplace? Obviously, a classic like The Little Mermaid is made for this type of interaction due to its appeal to younger audiences (and simple interactive puzzles), but I can envision a time when downloading an app and following along on your iOS device might become popular. In particular, I think items like script notes, audio commentary, and behind-the-scenes footage could go hand-in-hand with what is happening on-screen. There is already precedent for audio commentary, so why not?
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.