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[softpedia] iPods Held Responsible for the Death of Internet

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iPods, portable media players, as well as the vast majority of the consumer electronics gadgets are allegedly posing a threat to the future development of the Internet. According to a study conducted by Professor Jonathan Zittrain, such devices are sealed plastic shells that are allegedly turning their users into passive ones of technology, similar to guinea pigs.

Jonathan Zittrain, a professor of Internet governance and regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute also said that the Internet-oriented gadgets don't allow users the same level of collaboration and cooperation found in home computers, and this should be regarded as an obstacle in technological advances.

"I don't want to see a two-tier world where only the experts can survive... and the non-experts are stuck between something they don't understand and something that limits them," Zittrain claimed.

According to the researcher, the Internet is an opened architecture that allowed worldwide enthusiasts to materialize new concepts and ideas through a well-knitted collaboration. Unlike the black-hat hackers, who use the Internet's open structure in order to harm other users, enthusiasts built on the existing technology to perfect and improve it.

Zittrain thinks that Apple's iPhone gadget is a "tethered appliance", despite the fact that they are extremely intuitive and easy to use. "They are tethered because it is easy to for their vendors to change them from afar, long after the devices have left warehouses and showrooms," he stated.

The progress is also brought by the increased security measures adopted, protecting the user against hackers. The most restrictive computer systems are those found in public libraries, universities and offices, where people are blocked from experimenting, and their input is drastically sanitized.

However, the caused damage is not permanent yet, and there are many ways to fix the issues. Zittrain claims that salvation will not come from technology, but rather from society, as it opens new perspectives to the Internet users. He names the example of Wikipedia, a worldwide project edited and maintained by the community, and at the same time, a worthy example of self-governance.
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Now that is thinking really far ahead.
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Internet-oriented gadgets don't allow users the same level of collaboration and cooperation found in home computers, and this should be regarded as an obstacle in technological advances.
I completely disagree. That is all.
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I completely disagree. That is all.
Thats like punching someone in the face and not offering an explanation

Seriously, I can see where these thoughts Stem from.

Easiest way to look at it would be like learning to drive with automatic gears instead of a manual.

You get in to a comfort zone that without pushing yourself you cant get out of.

Humans in general dont like pushing themselves.

No pushing equals No Advancement

Here endeth point.
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Wow, good read. Very true too, most of the people I know who own iPods don't even know how to put songs onto them... sad...

Hope it doesn't become too much of an issue, or we'll all be like..

"OMG!!! ITS THE END OF TEH INTERNETS OH NOES!!"...
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I wouldn't exactly hold up wikipedia as a shining example of what the internet should be, an informations source that everyone uses but no one trusts, lol.

P.S. Don't mind Elmike, thats about all he's capable of, lol.
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Devices like iPods aren't killing the internet. The way I see it, iPods allow those of us with independently-functioning brains pick out the sheeple among us, so it has its purpose. Most of the people clueless about things like MP3 players are clueless about much more... That's why warning labels are a detriment to society: I say let the stupid people kill themselves off!

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I wouldn't exactly hold up wikipedia as a shining example of what the internet should be, an informations source that everyone uses but no one trusts, lol.

P.S. Don't mind Elmike, thats about all he's capable of, lol.
Wikipedia is trustworthy as long as you do your own research. You verify what you read. It's always been that way, and thankfully Wikipedia provides sources. Wikipedia is a perfect example of what the internet should be: a sharing of information!
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That's why warning labels are a detriment to society: I say let the stupid people kill themselves off!
Haha, first time I've ever agreed with you. Natural selection FTW
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Devices like iPods aren't killing the internet. The way I see it, iPods allow those of us with independently-functioning brains pick out the sheeple among us, so it has its purpose. Most of the people clueless about things like MP3 players are clueless about much more... That's why warning labels are a detriment to society: I say let the stupid people kill themselves off!

Wikipedia is trustworthy as long as you do your own research. You verify what you read. It's always been that way, and thankfully Wikipedia provides sources. Wikipedia is a perfect example of what the internet should be: a sharing of information!
I agree completley - Though Wikipedia shouldn't be used as, say, a reference for your collegiate thesis, it can be an incredible source for general information on a subject; and I agree on your point regarding warning labels.
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Zittrain thinks that Apple's iPhone gadget is a "tethered appliance", despite the fact that they are extremely intuitive and easy to use. "They are tethered because it is easy to for their vendors to change them from afar, long after the devices have left warehouses and showrooms," he stated.
I don't see his point. Though it can be abused, the "tethering" is not a bad thing at all. Sticking with the MP3 player example, look at the newest firmware for the Zune. People complained that there was no gapless playback, so Microsoft released an update which adds gapless playback. If I'm getting what he's saying right, he'd like to see me have to produce that functionality myself?
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even as MUCH has I despise Apple (specially Ipods the most) - I find this utterly ridiculous. Thats saying something coming from me.
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