My Favorite iPad Hater Nonsense so far
From commenter zyodei at Cory Doctorow’s blog at BoingBoing (h/t @jasonpontin’s twitter feed):
Of course, I will still never buy one, because as has been pointed out by its design I still see it as something that is designed primarily for consuming information, not creating it. And who needs that?
Uhhh…those of us who create not “information,” but works of communication, craft, art, whatever.
I mean, I don’t know about anyone else, but I hope that folks actually, you know, read what I write, not to mention see or hear the other works I create. Consuming that stuff, again, not information but composed, intended works, is something for which the iPad, among other devices, is just a dandy platform. More of this please.
Not to mention that there are lots of hours in the day when I — I, and not a seraph, not an avenging messenger of the Tech Lords — find myself consuming other folks’ good work, and don’t need or necessarily want to haul my lapbeast.
I’m not saying that there is any affirmative necessity that should send all tech-happy folks into Father Jobs’ arms. There are lots of reasons not to buy another thing. I haven’t got mine yet, and didn’t get swept up on a wave of gadget-lust when I briefly toyed with one in an Apple store yesterday. And choosing to save one’s pennies because it doesn’t perform the functions you require, as it appears it doesn’t for zyodei,, is sane, perfectly reasonable.
It’s just the “who needs that” tag that harshed my mellow. No writer that I’ve ever known lays down words for a game of solitaire. Even as we — or at least I — write, the words seem to me to be leaning toward a reader. Who needs “consumers” — an ugly, misleading name? I do; every last line I write does.
Image: Antoine Wiertz, “The Reader of Novels,” 1853