The best way to draw attention to yourself online is to gain a sense of the way in which a particular topic is trending and then write an extreme opposite view of it. Enter, ipad luddites:
What these folks are ranting against, or at least gnashing their teeth over, is progress – or, more precisely, progress that goes down a path they don’t approve of. They want progress to, as Bray admits, follow their own ideological bent, and when it takes a turn they don’t like they start grumbling like granddads, yearning for the days of their idealized Apple IIs, when men were men and computers were computers.
The ipad is getting very different reviews based on the crowd doing the reviewing. Short version: if you’re a techie, you won’t like it. If you’re an average consumer, you’ll love it. Nicholas Carr address the consumer appeal of the ipad in his post…and it’s a point that I’ve made repeatedly over the last few years in my whines about how the open source movement is in decline because the core principles of the movement are replaced by “free as in cost” not “free as in ability to control”. Even big company early supporters like IBM are changing their relationship with the open source community. And Marx shall weep as Russia implements his ideologies.