Dear Commons Community,
This past week, Wire Magazine had a provocative article entitled, The Web is Dead: Long Live the Internet. On the cover was a graphic illustrating Internet traffic and essentially shows World Wide Web activity declining in favor of specific applications that do not require Web-based software. Over the past few years, one of the most important shifts in the digital world has been the move from the wide-open Web to semi-closed platforms that use the Internet for transport but not the browser for display. It is driven primarily by the rise of mobile computing devices, and one where HTML doesn’t rule. And it’s the world that consumers are increasingly choosing, not because they’re rejecting the idea of the Web but because these dedicated platforms often just work better or fit better into their lives. This of course has implications for many Internet-based activities especially those that are profit-driven.
The Wire article is available at: