The more things change →

Stephen Hackett wrote an article yesterday on kids and touchscreens. He references a few other articles from writers such as Matt Honan and Shawn Blanc, all of them coming to the same lack-of-a-conclusion: "I haven't figured out how to set boundaries for my kids and technology."

However, this follow-up article caught my attention. Aren't iPads in restaurants just a new form of crayons and a placemat? Isn't Minecraft just 21st century Legos? Reading on a Kindle app is just as odd to people who grew up with paperback books as reading in general is to people who grew up without books. Stephen concludes: "Clearly, we look at the world with a filter based on the time in which we live."

I like it.

Social networking without the numbers →

...imagine if Twitter changed its service so that the number of followers one had was completely hidden from public view. So when you encountered a person on Twitter and looked at their profile, you'd have no idea if they had 5 or 50,000 followers. Would that change how you used Twitter?

He's definitely on to something. However, with the current model of social media so ingrained in our society (and more importantly the advertising industry), I don't see this thought experiment going very far in the real word.