… and you could easily claim that I am a big fan of Apple. Hell, presently three of them are humming in the house – even our boat has a set up for two. And I just love my iPhone. There is no way I would touch a PC for any serious work…
On top of that: I’ve said – just like many others – that iPad will change lots of things in the traditional media and that 2010 will be remembered as the “year of the tablet”. And I stand behind that.
But here’s the point: having said that, I have to admit that I strongly agree with Dan Gillmor from Mediactive: for journalism the recent developments are really scary. Read the original article – it is a long one but worth every word of it. He has been critical over the iPhone/iPad for some time and with a reason. Quid pro quo… Are we so eager to embrace this new gadget (iPad) that it totally blocks our brains as journalists? That we accept anything to get this new shiny toy into our repertoire? 2010 as the year of the tablet is getting a brand new meaning.
Remember the words of this seasoned editor in The Washington Post in the film All the president’s men?
” You get them by the balls and their bodies and minds will follow“.
Because that what the game is about.
Just read the article – and then sit down and think for a while.