It’s a poor choice of words and probably even worse editing. Sarcasm isn’t a luxury journalists are afforded. I still think the comment reflects the overall state of thought around paid apps, however.
-Stephen Hackett,”The whopping $3.99 purchase price”, 512 Pixels
When discussing The Information the other day, I suggested that I didn’t care for a number of The Verge’s practices. I think The Verge happened to stumble upon a well-known sore spot for a lot of developers and technologists without realizing they were kicking a hornet’s nest with their self-professed “sarcasm”. Nevertheless, I had Mr. Hackett’s commentary in my to-share pile before the afore-quoted update was posted because the preference for free software in the app store has reached epidemic proportions. Of course, it doesn’t help when a site like The Verge decides to make stupid editing choices that just fuel the fire.
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.