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When Apple first announced the iPad, I asked students at Parsons what they thought of it and they immediately said it was for consumption, not creation of content. No camera, no USB, no flash—not much to remix and make. They weren’t going to buy it. Maybe their parents would to watch TV and read newspapers.
I just read Jeff Jarvis this morning on the iPad and he totally agrees and goes further, saying that it is perfect for the mainstream media giants and Apple who are into controlling content and selling it. In fact, Jarvis says it’s a throwback to another era before the net was democratized and we all got the tools to make our own content. “The iPad is retograde,” he says on his blog. “It turns us all back into an audience again.”
Now I don’t mind being an audience from time to time. I read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo on Kindle. I watch Damages on cable. I see Avatar in 3D in the movies. But I don’t need another expensive screen to do that. I also love to create online with blogging, tweeting, connecting, mixing, collaborating. Until Apple upgrades and opens up the iPad, I won’t be able to do the generative thing on that screen.
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