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We're All Makers

Feb 19, 2010, 04:33 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

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"I worry that modern Americans have lost both manual skills and the curiosity to explore how things work. I probably worry too much, but look how computers have progressed: from a text command prompt, to all kinds of rich GUis, to smartphones and PDAs, culminating in the iPad. The iPad doesn't even use a keyboard, all you do is grunt and point.

"That's an exaggeration to be sure, because better tools are always good things. Still, there are two words in common usage that grate like fingernails on a blackboard: consume and consumer, and the especially odious consuming content. Fifteen years ago grumpy old geekbeards were muttering dark warnings about turning computers into televisions, and here we are. All of these fabulous advances, these wonderful high-tech power tools that make it possible for individuals to create things that used to be just for well-funded professionals, are being relentlessly pushed into functioning as fancier TVs."

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