The Web is Dead? The Battle is On

The Web is not dead and Chris Anderson knows it, though as editor of Wired, he can’t claim that someone else chose the headline on his piece The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet. I say he knows it, because he knows at the very least that it’s via the Web that people access the apps he mentions that are growing in popularity (Netflix streaming, iTunes, Facebook, etc.), at least to get the app, if not operate it every time. And in a later debate with John Battelle and Tim O’Reilly he clarifies that the piece is about the Web as a business application, not in general — business is moving to apps and platforms, but not all users or content creators.

He also must know, as is pointed out on BoingBoing, that bandwidth, alone, can be a poor measure of value. In fact, many of the most valuable and often longest-lived applications take the least bandwidth proportional to their utility — that’s part of their value. Email, Twitter, audio, IM. In fact, the utility of an application improves if the bandwidth it requires comes down over time as it becomes more efficient.

Battelle is right that it’s wrong to say of the Web and apps that “one kills the other,” but in a broader sense than he posits: …

Dorian’s thoughts on the Wired piece are here.