I Tweet iPad: Why technology matters to writers and publishers

I’m recommending that every writer and publisher should buy an iPad and start exploring the Apple App Store in order to understand why technology matters so much to writing and reading.

I’m also recommending that writers and publishers create Twitter accounts and begin to spend some serious time learning how it works.  

The iPad is a device, of course, and Twitter is a web-enabled communications system, but both are seriously affecting the lives of millions of people all over the world.  I hear writers and publishers dismissing technology like the iPad and iPhone, and communications innovations like Twitter and FourSquare all the time.  

I know that technology is not working for everyone.  And I also know that there is a huge economic divide in the world – the real division of haves and have-nots is now defined by access to technology.  And I’m not even positive that technology is not driving human beings to the literal eve of destruction.  It’s quite possible that instead of writers learning how to transform their work to the iPad and communicate to readers via Twitter, we should all be writing about the murder of our planet by a culture that cannot see any other relation to the natural world other than exploitation.

But on the other hand, the iPad is a mind-opening device that enables huge creativity, and Twitter is a phenomenal tool for communicating.  Aren’t these both the kinds of things that writers and publishers need?

Posted by David Wilk on 08/05 at 06:52 PM
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