It seems like everything’s dead these days: the Web, our attention spans, Microsoft, Apple, Google, whatever.
Harry McCracken has a nice post summarizing the casualties over at Technologizer: The Tragic Death of Practically Everything:
Wired Editor in Chief Chris Anderson is catching flack for the magazine’s current cover story, which declares that the Web is dead. I’m not sure what the controversy is. For years, once-vibrant technologies, products, and companies have been dropping like teenagers in a Freddy Krueger movie. Thank heavens that tech journalists have done such a good job of documenting the carnage as it happened. Without their diligent reporting, we might not be aware that the industry is pretty much an unrelenting bloodbath.
I really like his take on the prognostications of the guru class, as he takes a quick look at the premature predictions of demise of all kinds of things: Internet Explorer, Linux, TVs, MS Office, email, Facebook, Blackberries, Firefox, iPods, RSS and, well, a whole bunch more. Lots of great commentary and further suggestions of dead things in the comments of the post too.
Puts it all in perspective for the next time you read about the demise of a popular gadget, company or institution.