Whereas the traditional typewriter offered freedom at the cost of design, the billionaire’s typewriter offers convenience at the cost of freedom.
This quote is from Matthew Butterick’s Billionaire’s Typewriter (via ma.tt), a response to Death to Typewriters. The billionaire’s typewriter refers to Medium and other closed platforms such as Twitter and iBooks.
His post made me recall an article from this week: Email is not to big to fail (via Brendan Nelson). Email is often maligned, and it’s death has been called for many times. However, the alternatives offered are generally a step back in terms of freedom and convenience. Especially when one considers email’s support on pretty much every device and platform.
On the internet freedom is not something we need to trade for convenience. The underpinnings of the technology can support both.
By the way, Dave Winer’s MyWord Editor, which is radically silo-free, is a great example of what is possible in terms of freedom and convenience.
iPad Typewriter photo from Wired