And thus, Tim may have kicked off a shift from the intersection of technology and liberal arts to the intersection of technology and style. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s just different.
-M.G. Siegler, “The Watchmen”, Five Hundred Words - Medium.com
Mr. Siegler’s post is one of the most level-headed discussions of the Apple event that I have read thus far, especially vis-á-vis my earlier post. Perhaps the true difference between the iPhone’s introduction by Steve Jobs and the Watch’s introduction by Tim Cook has more to do with the message itself 1 than it has to do with the products. I will give Apple this, though: they thought differently about the Watch than did any other smartwatch contender currently on the market.
The iPhone was a reinvention of the phone in its capabilities outside of the Phone application; the Watch is a reinvention of what a watch is capable of, while still remaining first and foremost a best-in-class watch, even if it is smart. ↩
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.