April 3, 2010

CORY DOCTOROW: Why I won’t buy an iPad (and think you shouldn’t, either). “I think that the press has been all over the iPad because Apple puts on a good show, and because everyone in journalism-land is looking for a daddy figure who’ll promise them that their audience will go back to paying for their stuff.”

UPDATE: A response. “Now, now, you boys. Moms may not care about fiddling with the inner workings of technological devices, but that doesn’t mean we’re not mentally sharp. And — mom-o-phobia aside for a second — in general, smart people are not interested in paying attention to computer stuff. We just want tools to get to and engage in the things we’re interested in. Maybe, you’re missing that because computers happen to be one of the things you’re interested in.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Lee Willis writes: “Can I point out that Cory Doctorow’s criticism of the iPad and Apple applies equally to ObamaCare? Both the description of the problem of a top-down, closed system, and of the sycophantic press.”

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