Anti-Social Media

So said Jeff Jarvis earlier today on Twitter. Later on, in I’m Really Worried What Apple Is Trying To Do With The iPad, Jeff writes:

Jeff Jarvis

“… The iPad is retrograde. It tries to turn us back into an audience again. That is why media companies and advertisers are embracing it so fervently, because they think it returns us all to their good old days when we just consumed, we didn’t create, when they controlled our media experience and business models and we came to them. The most absurd, extreme illustration is Time Magazine’s app, which is essentially a PDF of the magazine (with the odd video snippet). It’s worse than the web: we can’t comment; we can’t remix; we can’t click out; we can’t link in, and they think this is worth $4.99 a week. But the pictures are pretty.” [emphasis added]

Compare Jeff’s analysis with these sentiments from Robert Michael Murray, National Geographic’s Vice President for Social Media:

To sum up: Jeff Jarvis says the iPad is retrograde and anti-social. Whereas our Society’s VP for Social Media, who nominally is in charge of making our Society’s media social, is “excited” at the “changes in [his] media consumption habits.”

I wonder what might explain this divergence of opinion?

  • Jarvis’ point is good. However, why accept the latent sexism in the way he framed his comment?

  • Jarvis’ point is good. However, why accept the latent sexism in the way he framed his comment?

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