Well, those iPods, iPhones, Xboxes, and TiVos that most people find liberating are what he calls "tethered appliances" because they are a new generation of Net products that can’t be easily modified without the vendor's participation.
So, the threat is not only what but who - Verizon and Apple, for example.
He thinks the Internet is on a path to a lockdown and that lockdown will break the cycle of innovation.
He likes the 2.0 of Google apps and mashups and Facebook, but he also fears how these apps can be monitored and controlled by Google, Facebook and others and taken from user control. (Think of the recent Google Chrome and Facebook user rights blowups.)
The book is not all gloom and doom. It also talks about how to develop new technologies that allow users to work creatively and continue to innovate.
You can also follow Zittrain on his blog and this book is happily available to download under a Creative Commons license.
What happened? Bicycles, fishing poles, tricycles, friends playing in a sand box, making a playhouse under a bed sheet hanging so peacefully blowing in the wind, making mud pies, and all the other simple pleasures we enjoyed as children? They are gone.Now puberty brings on teen pregnancies,racist comments, obese kids,and unethical, in human people. What happened to our front porch visits? Saddened.
The internet can't be stopped by just the proliferation of gadgets. The servers are still there. Websites are still there. Gadgets can't take over the servers. It's impossible.
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