Astounding advances in technology are often only discussed in the context of the gadgets that they produce, and so our discussion about those astounding advances in technology often devolve into gadget reviews (“Is it cool?” “Should I buy it?”) as opposed to thoughtful criticism around the technology itself.
That’s the point of this blog post from Dave Winer, a long-time respected voice in the technology sphere. His gripe is primarily with the New York Times, who, he says offers great commentary on the arts, but falls down on technology. But he also broadens his point to the entire industry. From his post:
Of course it’s not just the Times. They’re treating software largely the same way the tech industry does. Toys for teens to help them explore being a teen. But not much substance for people who have their degrees, mates, children, who are living their lives, as opposed to looking forward to living their lives. Nothing wrong with looking at tech from the young person’s perspective, I would read those reviews too. But today, adults are largely left out of it.
There are some obvious generalizations and a bit of blinkerism in the post, but it’s a good, discussion-starting piece, worth reading.
Maybe on your gadget.