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Whatever the iPad is, it is NOT a Computer

Apr 20, 2010, 11:04 (5 Talkback[s])
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"Whatever the iPad is, it is NOT a computer.

"Amid all the breathless hype about the iPad, I think one point has been severely overlooked: the iPad is not a computer, it is not a phone – it is constructed to be a receiving instrument. If it were an acronym, I would suggest it was PAD, Passive Amusement Device.

"If you think that is too harsh an assessment, consider this, from an article by Lev Grossman in the recent Time magazine:

""The computer is the greatest all-purpose creativity tool since the pen... The iPad shifts the emphasis from creating content to merely absorbing and manipulating it. It mutes you, turns you back into a passive consumer of other peoples' masterpieces."

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