Just found this article from Douglas Adams in a link on Weboneday.org. He describes the whole “interactivity” thing and how technology is accepted depending on your age so well. It also predicts and sums up the hot topic of the day – Web2.0 and yet it was published back in 1999.
He describes how the non-interactive form of entertainment is very much a quirk of the 20th century, and that by nature we are interactive herd animals wanting to keep in touch with our community. He makes a comparison with Pidgin and Creole languages that really help to show why we are seeing the move toward a more joined up Internet with the fractured lumps of many different languages being transformed into a newer richer language.
Essential reading of the day.