I’m no uncritical iPad cheerleader, but having become accustomed to having the device around, I wouldn’t want to be without one—not because I’m in thrall of the thing, but because it’s a useful
tool that makes life more convenient.
Consequently, I think a provocative screed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at DePaul University W. Andrew Ewell posted this week in Salon—entitled “Does the iPad deserve to exist?“—is more than a bit over the top. Prof Ewell compares the iPad with Victor Frankenstein’s
monster constructed from recycled human body parts in the famous horror novel by Mary Shelley, and suggests you should think twice before before buying one.
Ewell argues that Apple is asserting in its somewhat controversial current tranche “This is our signature; designed by Apple in California” ads, that iPad is no longer just a convenient device;
it’s an indispensable companion, humanized to the point that we really believe we “may rarely look at it,” but that it still “enhances each life it touches.”
For what it’s worth, I would say that my iPad has enhanced my life to some degree, again as a useful tool that…