The Web Is Dead: Wired

Ken AshfordPopular Culture, Science & TechnologyLeave a Comment

Of course, the World Wide Web isn't dead, but it's fast becoming a thing of the past.

This might come as a surprise to many, but the opening paragraph of this Wired column explains:

You wake up and check your email on your bedside iPad — that’s one app. During breakfast you browse Facebook, Twitter, and The New York Times — three more apps. On the way to the office, you listen to a podcast on your smartphone. Another app. At work, you scroll through RSS feeds in a reader and have Skype and IM conversations. More apps. At the end of the day, you come home, make dinner while listening to Pandora, play some games on Xbox Live, and watch a movie on Netflix’s streaming service.

You’ve spent the day on the Internet — but not on the Web.

That's how it's coming about.  We're spending less and less time on web browsers scouring the Internet for information, preferring instead to get our information from apps, which automatically get what we want and bring it back to us.

Put another way: the web is AM radio, the app is FM radio.  The web is broadcast; the app is digital transmission.

It's kind of hard to imagine the browser as not being central to the way we experience the Internet, but it's kind of true.

Anyway, read up on the Wired story.