I would normally link to what I am discussing, but the article confused me in so many ways, I wanted to spare my readership from the same self-loathing that I felt when I finished. I’ll admit, I fell for the link-bait headline: “iPhone 5S - Still the best, but no longer a leader”. (What does that even mean?) The bipolarity of the article had me questioning my own sanity for the majority of it. As the author praises every part of the iPhone 5S, I was struck by the fact that the prose continued to lack any of the derision that was apparent in the title.
Here is my main issue, however: what the author is arguing to be lacking leadership in the market is iOS 7, not the iPhone itself. In the authors own words the iPhone itself is awesome, the best, a wonder of Apple’s iterative ways. So why not make a “this phone is great” article, with an aside or a separate “this software is not as innovative as everyone thinks” article? Why link-bait with almost no argument to prove your title statement?
If you must see what I am talking about, click here, but you have been warned!
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.