PCs Aren't TVs: We Use Them To Connect, Not Consume
from the the-changing-face-of-the-internet dept
This is nothing new to regular readers around here, but the increasing push towards making the internet into a “broadcast” medium is finally starting to raise some eyebrows. I’m actually a bit surprise to see a smart editorial on the subject pointing out that PCs aren’t TVs on the website of a mainstream newspaper. The entertainment industry, with their locked up content, has done a good job convincing some politicians that we’re all just here to consume information rather than to connect and create. However, most people intuitively realize the true benefit in the internet isn’t that it’s the second coming of television. We’re not concerned about getting more slickly produced broadcast content delivered to our screens. We want to use the interactive nature of the medium to create something new – which is exactly what people have been doing online for years. Yet, the continued push for better “control” to make it easier to push their repurposed broadcast content has the effect of killing off that ability, while giving us all something we don’t want. We’ve already got a TV. Let us create our own content and services online.