In the beginning was the Internet, and then came the Web. The web said "Let there be Awesome", and there was awesome. But some phone makers were not pleased with this awesome.
They created apps to split the people amongst themselves:
"Come, let us go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech." (Quoted from the Christian Holy Bible: Genesis 11:7)
All because the peoples of the world have become awed by eye-candy and sheer brute force specs. But the world has survived such manipulation before. The world has risen from the machinations of Internet Explorer 5 and 6 before, and may yet rise again from the feet of people implementing apps instead of implementing mobile friendly websites.
But I do believe this will pass someday. One fine day, the news of the day shall be
"The Economist.com is now optimised for mobile devices of all shapes and sizes!" and not that divisive "The Economist is now available for iOS!" (which admittedly hits me at a soft spot because I neither own, nor wish to own an iOS device).
Yes, the web browser shall someday evolve beyond "type an address in a boring text box, click a blue link, the back button, or type a new address in a boring box".
Do you read me, all ye browser makers. If you haven’t realised it yet, the dawn of the era of the app is a clarion call. Wake up, and push forth a more exciting way of navigating the world wide web. HTML5 is a step in the right direction, but one thing I the web needs, is to provide the web with a means of delivering a website as a recursively finite package, that can be (if needed) downloaded in one fell swoop, so that browsers can do fancy things without being crippled by network latency.
The open Internet needs you!
At the time of writing this note, the song that was playing on my computer was "Nothing in my way" by "Keane", from the album "Under the Iron Sea". "Feels So Good" by "Sonique" from the album "Hear My Cry" followed immediately afterwards. Even my computer understands how I am feeling
A master was asked the question, "What is the Way?" by a curious monk. "It is right before your eyes," said the master. "Why do I not see it for myself?" "Because you are thinking of yourself." "What about you: do you see it?" "So long as you see double, saying `I don’t’, and `you do’, and so on, your eyes are clouded," said the master. "When there is neither `I’ nor `You’, can one see it?" "When there is neither `I’ nor `You’, who is the one that wants to see it?"