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Just Like TV

By Terry Sullivan
August 22, 1997

It's impossible to travel the Web anymore without being struck (even bombarded) by the increasingly common metaphor of the Web as another form of television. Pundits speak as if "channels" are a fundamental part of the Web and its architecture, and "push" technologies are all the rage.

No doubt this metaphor may make the Web seem a little less intimidating. After all, if the Web is just like TV, it can't possibly be as overwhelming as it seems, and it can't be all that hard to use.

There's only one thing wrong with this metaphor. It's totally false. It's even misleading.

Is that worth a discussion?
Contributor: Fernando Alvares
See Also: Just Another GUI, Beyond The Browser
Category Article Reviews
( Topic last updated: 2004.05.25 09:46:52 AM )