The power of the net for me has always rested in its utility as a vehicle for freely producing, sharing, mashing-up and distributing stuff, not in its utility for allowing me to watch re-runs of LOST more easily.
I agree completely.Also, see Andrew Leonard on the iPad for Salon.com:
Apple’s deal has always been that in return for giving up some freedom, the company will provide a fabulous user experience.
I’m loathe to comment on a device I’ve yet to try, but based on my experience with a (now bricked) iPod Touch, I can imagine this being a great device. I just can’t get excited about a device that keeps the control over what you can do with it in the hands of a private company.
One positive aspect is that it does focus around a web experience, and the web itself remains open.