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Meanland extract – The iPad: tool of revolution or contrivance of capitalism?

It’s already a revolution and it’s only just begun.

We’ve all heard the grandiose claims: iPad sales hit 2 million in less than two months; the iPad can be used as a language interface for dolphins; the iPad will save newspapers, magazines, books, the print industry in general; the iPad is a revolution in reading.

Writer and previous Meanland panelist Sherman Young, is quite the fan of the iPad. In his recent post, Twenty-eight days with an iPad, he claims: ‘In short, the iPad has replaced paper for me.’ Yet also goes onto say that he hasn’t actually read much on the device. Mostly, he’s used it to take notes in meetings and watch television.

While it is phenomenal that the iPad has dominated the market of late – selling 2 million devices is quite a feat – Apple and the various publishing industries have invested so much money, time and publicity into the possibilities of the iPad, there is no room for failure.

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Jacinda Woodhead is the editor of Overland. Her PhD research examined abortion politics in Australia and nonfiction as political intervention.

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