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Being an Actor or a Spectator?

One of the things that we all loved from the Web was that it allowed, over time, the empowerment of us.
If you want, you can become an actor; you do not need big means, you do not need PR, you do not need to be a famous star. You just behave the way you are, you just express what you think, you just irradiate out of your brain and heart.
So, after the very initial period, we saw the dawn of personal web sites which, then moved to blogs, and then to the myriad of social networking sites. And, in addition, we were finding the possibility to influence (little parts of) the outstanding economy around us, by commenting, putting “stars”, voting. Well, as much (or as little) as the current democracy gives us right, we were (thinking to be) empowered to change the world around us.
We tried to be one of the two variables in the famous Heisemberg’s principle. Our presence, our existence could affect the world around us.

I was thinking to this in these days after the launch of the iPad.
And this evening, in a newspaper, I found a very concise sentence that made me catching what was in my thoughts since a while:

Q: Can the iPad replace a computer?
A: No. An iPad is not a production tool, it is just a consultation tool

eh yes! The main goal of the iPad is to have people to consume information produced elsewhere (and delivered via iTunes, a new “controller” of what should and what should not). Yes, you have the virtual keyboard. But it is undeniable that the goal is to make the iPad a big remote controller, where I have different channels from which I can choose (140K applications).

I have an iPhone and I like its interface. Few months ago I also wrote that “The road paved by the iPhone of having dedicated applications delivered just to the point, remembers us that the new technologies for the web need to exploit the power of the devices on which they run“. Which is true, but only partially true.

I need mashups on the iPhone and the iPad. I need the possibility to express my own creativity and to mix together the information silos that are delivered to me via iTunes. But perhaps this is just what someone does not want us to have.

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