The Web IS Dead… Long Live the Internet?


Say what? Chris Anderson, Wired magazine editor in chief proclaimed in this month’s issue of the magazine that “The Web is Dead.” He wrote in the introduction to the cover story,

“Two decades after its birth, the World Wide Web is in decline, as simpler, sleeker services — think apps — are less about the searching and more about the getting. Chris Anderson explains how this new paradigm reflects the inevitable course of capitalism. And Michael Wolff explains why the new breed of media titan is forsaking the Web for more promising (and profitable) pastures.”

You can read the entire article here

So what do you think? Do use the web to surf or swim? Are you more of an apps person than a web person? Is he right? Based on your experiences, tell me where you stand on this important issue. Just hit the comment button below and start blogging…

Class Note: Be ready for test two on Friday Sept. 3. The test will include 10 pictures to identify, 5 questions from the lectures and 5 questions from the intro and chapter 1 of the Media Shift book. Be there or… you know the rest of the saying! Good luck.

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About Samir Husni

Samir Husni, aka Mr. Magazine™, is the founder and director of the Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi. He is also Professor and Hederman Lecturer of Journalism at the School of Journalism and New Media. Dr. Husni is the author of the annual Samir Husni's Guide to New Magazines, which is now in its 28th year. He is also the author of Launch Your Own Magazine: A Guide for Succeeding in Today's Marketplace published by Hamblett House, Inc. and Selling Content: The Step-by-Step Art of Packaging Your Own Magazine, published by Kendall Hunt, Magazine Publishing in the 21st Century, published by Kendall Hunt, and co-author of Design Your Own Magazine. He has presented seminars on trends in American magazines to the editorial, advertising and sales staff of the magazine groups of the Morris Communications Company, Hearst Corp., Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Meredith Corp., Reader's Digest Magazine, ESPN the magazine, Sail Magazine, American Airlines Publishing, the National Geographic Society, the Swedish magazine group Bonnier, the Finnish magazine group Sanoma Magazines, Southern Progress magazines, New South Publishing, Inc., the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Society of Magazine Editors, Vance Publishing Corporation, the Florida Magazine Association, The Magazine Association of Georgia, the National Society of Black Journalists, the Japanese Magazine Publishers Association, and the American Press Institute. He is "the country's leading magazine expert," according to Forbes ASAP magazine, "the nation's leading authority on new magazines," according to min:media industry newsletter; and The Chicago Tribune dubbed him "the planet's leading expert on new magazines." Dr. Husni has been interviewed by major U.S. media on subjects related to the magazine industry. He has been profiled and is regularly quoted in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and many other newspapers nationwide, as well as the major newsweeklies and a host of trade publications. He has appeared on Good Morning America, CNBC, CNN, CNNFN, PBS, and on numerous radio talk shows including National Public Radio's Morning and Weekend Editions. Dr. Husni has also served as an expert witness in several lawsuits involving major media corporations including Time Inc. and American Express Publishing among others. He has been a judge of The National Magazines Awards, The Evangelical Magazines Association, The City and Regional Magazines Association, and The Florida and Georgia Magazine Association Awards. Dr. Husni is the President and CEO of Magazine Consulting & Research, a firm specializing in new magazine launches, repositioning of established magazines, and packaging publications for better sales and presentations. Dr. Husni holds a doctorate in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master's degree in journalism from the University of North Texas. When he is not in his office reading magazines, Dr. Husni is at the newsstands buying magazines.
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53 Responses to The Web IS Dead… Long Live the Internet?

  1. Abby Abide says:

    I could really see the web dying down in favor of apps. I regularly visit less than ten different websites. Throughout the day, I mainly use the Facebook app on my phone, even when I’m back in my dorm if I’m too lazy to pick up my laptop. Using the apps on my phone is just easier and more convenient. I only get on Facebook on my laptop if I’m procrastinating while doing my homework or if I need to upload pictures.

  2. Joshua Bryant says:

    Bold sweeping statements (such as the title of this article) always catch more readers but always lack substance. His argument is flawed in that assumes most individuals use cellphones such as iPhones, which are capable of using applications. However, many people in fact do not use iPhones and still access the computer via the more traditional desktop/laptop way. The iPhone way is just one way, not “the” way.

    By all means, an author should be bold in his title, but simply to catch readers into reading a very weak argument.

    viva la websurfing.

  3. Michael Prestwich says:

    I do not agree the authors statements. Many times I will be online strictly browsing independent opinion websites, sports websites or the like. I have a blackberry, while not as sophisticated as the Iphone, it does support apps. I was very enamored with the thought of all these new possibilities, new games and apps to spend my time on. After the first several weeks, using the phone became tedious. I now prefer doing most of my internet activity on the good “old fashioned” laptop.

  4. Jean Phillips says:

    Ugh, I just don’t get the big deal about “apps.” They’re ridiculous and a waste of your time and money. You can get apps for your phone that make farting noises or shotgun blasts–oh boy, I really can’t live without that!

    I don’t think the web is dead. It’s still a useful tool for accessing many subjects and for accomplishing many tasks. Frankly, I think all of this “app” stuff is a fad that will hopefully die out quickly.

    Then again, I don’t have a Facebook, either. I know this puts me in the majority, but I personally think that while the internet is great (all of that information at your fingertips!), it can also be a handicap. People don’t actually forge relationships with other people anymore, they just interact through technology. Here’s an idea:go outside! Breath some fresh air! Speak to the people who pass you by!

    Enjoy life a little, not this virtual reality that has become the norm. Maybe you don’t need that silly app as much as you thought you did.

    • You need to get used to applications, they’re not going anywhere, if anything they are sort of like the magazines of the internet; short, concise, and each one caters to a specific interest or subject. Not all apps are made for rednecks, I’m sure there’s a handful you would subscribe to: whether it be your favorite newspaper, pandora radio, or even the Ole Miss app. Also, your third graf is basically a repeat of what Husni said in lecture on Monday and your use of the “breathe some fresh air” statement was a little preachy, and cliche’.

  5. Caty Cambron says:

    I disagree, I can’t see the web dying out in favor of “apps” on a phone. But there is still a demand for technology in separate devices – iPods, phones, laptops, iPads – and many of us in today’s world have several different means of reaching the web. It’s part of our human nature to want the next best thing, the newest toy, but that doesn’t mean we get rid of our old ones. There are still people today who strictly use devices for their intended purpose such as the laptop for surfing the web and connecting with friends, the phone for making calls and texting, and the iPod for listening to music. It just so happens that with the advance of technology all three of these devices are almost inter-changeable.

    Perhaps we are just waiting for the day when the utilities of a phone, computer, iPod, and camera are all comprised into one versatile hand-held object and there is no such thing as a laptop or iPod anymore. We all just know it to be one mega technology toy.

    • Katie Hatcher says:

      Wouldn’t you say that the iPhone is that toy? I mean, it’s a phone with internet capabilities, a camera you can use to upload pictures, and an iPod, all right there.
      I don’t think the internet is dying out, I just think there are becoming more and more ways to access it.

  6. Katie Keatley says:

    I am one of the few people left who does not own an iphone with all of the fancy apps. I use the internet just as much as I always have, to find what I am looking for. I agree that apps are convenient when you are out and about, but when you are home, a computer seems much easier to use. For one, it is large enough to read everything on one page rather than scrolling back and forth, and it is far less tedious. Needless to say, in my opinion, I don’t think that the “web is dead”.

  7. I have an iPhone, and it has a few useful apps (like twitter, facebook, dictionary, and the bible) and a couple of time wasting apps, that’s it. I find the web to be useful for researching an article, or even to just catch up on t.v. shows. Other than that, I think Anderson may be right. The web will still be around for years to come, just like postcards and telephone conversations, but in reality I see fast and convenient dominating the internet.
    I don’t really favor either side of the argument. Without the web apps wouldn’t exist. Apps are just a concise version of your favorite webpage- faster, and more convenient. But, the most content will still be found on the web, and that’s what I use the web for the most- videos, full articles, etc.

  8. Justin Gibson says:

    Apps, I personally use the web, however I could see how they can help, say you just want to go to one website. There it is right in your screen one button, thats all you have to push. Simple enough gives you more time to be in the “isolated connectivity” state.
    Though the web is slower it still is a better tool for right now to research and study on. So truthfully I don’t think the web is dead, its just turning into a retiree.

  9. Ariel Ladner says:

    The article to me lacks evidentiary support. I don’t have an Iphone nor do I want one. I like being able to come home and grab my mac and get on the internet. I honestly wish companies would do away with internet on cell phones, it takes away from the real world and sets a tone for the virtual world. I don’t use “apps” and I think the world was doing just fine before they were ever invented.

  10. Brian Yim says:

    I agree with some of the others. The apps mainly are for iPhone users so do not really pertain to everyone. Also some cost money so they will be less desirable than the internet which usually can get you the same results for free.. Yes thats right free!!

  11. Angela Rogalski says:

    Okay…I only recently put text on my phone. Yes, I know, totally archaic, but I was always of the opinion that if I had something to say, I would just as soon talk to the person instead of putting my fingers through major Olympian feats with all that punching of tiny buttons. Of course, when all my friends stopped taking my calls and started throwing that four-letter word at me (text) I had no choice. So, you might say that I was forced into that upgrade. Well, then in order to text I had to get a different phone. Yep, still had my old trusty Nokia that I had had since…oh, I don’t know…maybe 2004. Suddenly, I became a Blackberry owner. Like The Jeffersons, I was moving on up. The world of apps came to me on a hot summer afternoon when one of my friends at work grabbed my cell and said, “Oh no! You don’t have any apps downloaded. Have you never experienced the Blackberry Apps?” And in a matter of minutes, I had POYNT…so I could have any number and address of anyone at my disposal. I had Facebook on my phone, games that gave me extreme headaches when I tried to play them, and all sorts of weather radar stuff and shopping thingys that supposedly I just couldn’t live without. I thought a phone was designed to actually verbalize with someone? Oops, my mistake. But I also still love my old desktop PC, the internet, and even some of the corny stuff that came pre-loaded on my four-year-old computer. It’s hard giving up some things. And I just don’t think I’ll ever totally choose the app world over the web world. I guess it’s all in your preference. Apps are okay, but there’s nothing like the feel of keys beneath your fingertips, ones that you can actually see and hit without a magnifying glass. Yep, prescription glasses are my next upgrade.

  12. Sally White says:

    I do not think that the Web will necessarily die out in favor of apps on an iPhone. Although apps are extremely popular and helpful on a cell phone or iPad, people will alway use there old fashion computers/lap tops when they need to really research a topic or use the internet for a long period of time. Just like the article says, the Web will always be around…just like postcards and telegrams still are. I guess we will just have to see what the future holds Web or if in fact Apple applications become the norm.

  13. honeypoohgirl13 says:

    Me personally i rather have the real live web than an app on a phone. With an app you are limited for what you can do i rather have a computer or laptop in front of me. I do agree the web is dying because everyone getting the iphones and all these smart phones and buying the apps wen u can get on the internet for free from ur pc.

  14. Gloria Briggs says:

    I can see why this guys is saying that the web is dead, but as of now I think it is still in full swing. Maybe he is trying to predict what will happen because I could see apps becoming the new web. For me personally I like to surf the internet and I do use apps on my phone like Facebook, but I would rather go on Facebook through my laptop. I think a downfall of apps is that you have to pay for a lot of them. An upside to apps though is that there is basically an app for everything imaginable. I guess we will just have to wait and see what really happens!

  15. Bradley Boleware says:

    No way.. I spend countless hours clicking on random links that take me to even more random links which in turn take me to even more random links,.. etc.. The web can’t die as long as there are people like me who get bored and go cruising for interesting stuff online.. Unless.. There is an app for random links….. In that case.. R.I.P. Web..

  16. Robert Heard says:

    I tend to agree with these statements. As an iPhone owner, I have become more and more dependent on apps. Apps make everything more efficient and simple. They eliminate the need to sit and search for what you want to see. Sure, there are instances when apps simply cannot compete with using a browser on the web, but for the most part, apps make everything easier. Most of the time that I spend on the internet is using apps and visiting sites that I frequent. Unless it is necessary, I don’t typically surf the web or search for things. Most of what I want to see is on the sites that I spend most of my internet time on. Although apps are on the rise and seem to be taking over, I don’t believe that they will make the web obsolete. The web will still remain, even if it is not as popular. Apps are nice to have, but they cannot provide us with everything that we want from the internet.

  17. maridane says:

    I can see how people would think that the web is dying because of the simple apps we can get on our phones, but I don’t think the web is going anywhere. The apps are just another new thing people are into right now, and I think all of the big hype about them will eventually fade.

  18. Alexa Evans says:

    I disagree with the article on the “need for apps”. I do not own a smart phone, but i own a phone that can call and text people and I don’t really need it for anything else. When I need the internet I have my laptop handy and I know i’m not the only person like this is the world. Yes internet maybe changing and evolving but i don’t see it dying or going anywhere anytime soon.

  19. William Stokes says:

    I own an iTouch and an iPad. I think apps are great, but they’re nowhere close to overtaking something like Google.

  20. Casey Greene says:

    I admit, I am an apps person. On my MacBook, I have my 9 top sites that I visit every day. Most days, I visit them numerous times a day. There was a time when I browsed through the web, looking for something that caught my attention. However, once I found out where I could find all of the information I desired, I bookmarked those pages and go straight to them. It is just a matter of convenience for me. My normal routine consists of me checking my facebook, then my Ole Miss email, and finally my favorite sports blog. The only time I browse the web is when I am looking up information for school. Even then, I stick to Google and blindly follow where it leads me. With my iPhone, I use the same four or five apps all day whenever I find myself with free time. Apps are much more efficient and catching and holding our attention than anything else on the Web. I do believe that apps will take over the Web based on its ability to provide their consumers with what they want.

  21. Sidney Williams says:

    I definitely agree with the majority. While “apps” come in handy, the Web isn’t going anywhere; that’s my position on it, anyway. Until last month when I got an iPhone (forced by my Mother, who swears they are the greatest invention known to man… ironic for her age!), I didn’t even know how to use an “app” nor care of its purpose. Most of them are just a waste of money and serve no initial purpose. Americans are definitely in favor of the shortest short-cut that they can find, but the “www.’s” still have some life in them before the short-cuts cut them off for good.

  22. Anna Waggoner says:

    I think that I am definitely more of an apps person than a web person. Most of my favorite websites I have as an app on my phone, and I am constantly on facebook and other social networks on my phone as well. I think that this is very accurate that the web is dying and internet is slowly being used only as a venue to obtain the apps. As apple and other companies develop more and more devices to obtain apps, I think that google and other web surfing businesses will greatly suffer. I don’t know whether to blame “us” or “them.” On the one hand, we are the consumers, and we demand a “click of a button” lifestyle for our fast paced lives. But then again, it is the producers who feed us these new inventions and cater to our desires of a hassle free experience with the internet. I think that as long as they are producing opportunities, more and more consumers will shift towards this “app” centered lifestyle.

  23. Hayden Sowers says:

    The internet will never die. There is nothing that will ever compare or take over from it. Even if you say we have internet on our phones it is nowhere near as effective as the actual internet off of the computer. He says apps are taking over but I’m not a huge fan of apps on my iPhone. I only have 4 apps and they are facebook, twitter, a background app, and one game. I hardly use any of them except for the twitter one. If you in any way think the internet will die than try to think of what we use the internet for and what would ever take over and do all the things that the internet can do for us.

  24. Jake Greenway says:

    I feel like the way Apple is progressing now and creating all this different type of technology that they will destroy all of their competition in the near future, but I for one, rather get on the internet and browse rather than on an app. Apps don’t really give enough information and pictures if your wanting a select category of something.

  25. S. Blair Jackson says:

    An application is specific to the one thing that it was intended to do: a weather app will give you the weather, a music app will play you music, etc. Information and capabilities of the web, on the other hand, are endless. While this seems like a common sense statement, I believe that it has been ignored in this argument thus far. I do not believe the Web is dying because I think people will always need and want it simply because of what the Web is: an accumulation of a lot of diverse knowledge. Apps, I think, will always be popular because of their accessibility and simplicity, but I do not think that they will ever completely “take over” the web.

  26. Jory Tally says:

    I do not believe the web is dying, without the web we would not have all of the advanced things we have now. The web is the founding for all of the new apps and electronics. I think it will always be around.

  27. Brian Baker says:

    Americans are all about convenience, and apps are becoming increasingly popular because of that exact reason. It’s easy to check out weather, sports updates, email, and just about anything all on your phone, but apps serve one purpose only. The internet is vast, basically the equivalent of millions of apps, all of which are available to you if you can merely find the time to sit down at a computer. Imagine having an app for every purpose the internet serves, and then think about how much we really rely on it. No, I don’t see the internet dying anytime soon.

  28. Anna Katherine Coulston says:

    I suppose i’m one of the few people left that doesn’t own a fancy phone that I can store my entire life on. I don’t think the internet will ever die, but I do believe that in the future sitting down on your laptop will become more rare. Its our 24/7 lifestyle that is hurting the web. Now we can’t even wait until we can use our laptops to access our favorite sites, we have to be able to do it at any moment via our phone. I think the idea of iPhones is too much. Our need to constantly be glued to a piece of technology takes away from our ability to absorb what is around us, what is real.

  29. Quanterrius Ward says:

    I have an incredibly bigoted attitude towards these newfangled Apple devices. I honestly do not see what is so great about them. They’re nothing but toys and needless distractions. Even worse, with each passing summer a new iPhone is released, making its predecessor completely worthless. Rather than get involved in this new era of keeping up with the Joneses, I’ll stick with my Compaq.

    As for the article, I will say that it had an interesting format but seems to be another one of those pieces that aims to attack big business by making bold claims, thus teetering on the line between sensible and sensational.

  30. James Borkey says:

    I do not think that apps will ever take over web surfing. Not only does one have to pay for the higher quality apps, they are narrowed down(usually) to one specific thing. For example the weather channel app on the iphone. Not only is my ipod touch filled with pages among pages of apps that i hardly use, but they are too specific for my liking. Web browsing is much easier to do, especially when you do not have one specific thing your after.

  31. Michael Woods says:

    To be honest, I’ve never been much of an App person. I acquired an iPhone about three or four months ago and my apps don’t span past two pages. Yet, I am on the internet frequently, checking my e-mail or homework or just surfing around. Therefore, I think I can say honestly that I am a Web guy; the news of its death saddens me. Everyone has become so accustomed to having everything handed to them that they can’t be active to go looking for their information. But I can’t complain. Got to go. There’s internet to explore.

  32. Madison Hill says:

    The web will never be dead. Sure, its immense lead may wither slightly due to more convenient ways of accessing favorite sites, but it will always be the most prominent internet domain and will most certainly never, ever die.
    In this article, the web is compared to postcards and telegrams–ridiculous. As time wears on, attention spans shrink, but not so far as to diminish the web to postcard status.
    And sure, a lot of people have iPhones and other app devices, and that will increase app usage; but the web will not be effected. Internet connection will only grow, driving us further and further into “isolated connectivity.”

  33. Stevie Farrar says:

    Upon reading this article, I couldn’t help but wonder…. Are we actually surprised at this shift? Like I said in a previous comment, our society thrives on instant gratification, getting what we want immediately when we want it. I am no exception to this. Personally, I don’t have time to meander all over the Web searching for the weather or directions to a restaurant. I have an app for that or a convenient shortcut on my computer desktop. However, I don’t have an app for everything, and it’s this fact that causes me to believe that there is hope for the future of the web. The argument that we are making over the continued existence of the web is the same argument that was made in years past about the future of radio, books, etc. With the next big thing that comes along, we always worry about the staying power of what it has come to replace, yet they always seem to survive. The web is no exception, and as long as there are app-hating, Iphone-wielding Americans like my father, the web has nothing to worry about.

  34. Alexandra Donaldson says:

    I wonder if apps will just be yet another fragment in the future. I would guess they will be since the iPhone has exploded the phone world. It’s literally a mini computer!

  35. Ellie Turner says:

    I have to say that I also agree with most of the other posts. I highly doubt that the web is dying out. I have an iphone, and though I do use some apps, I like to go to websites on my laptop too. The main reason is the visibility of the information on the site. A computer screen is much easier to read compared to a phone screen. Maybe one day this argument will be more relevant, but I do not think that web is dying anytime soon.

  36. Caroline Jones says:

    Along with most everyones else’s posts, I do not think that apps will ever fully replace the need for the world wide web. Although iPhones, iTouches and any other devices with apps are great, there is something different about searching on your phone and on your computer. Searching on a phone takes more time, can’t see as much at one time, and if anyone is like me and does not have cell service in my basement, then you would not be able to access the information you are searching for without reception. Apps are fantastic and the new ones they come out with daily are making iPhones more appealing.

  37. Elizabeth Beaver says:

    Web vs. Apps.. Until this article I never really thought about it. I realize now for my daily dose of the internet I do turn to my iPhone and its apps. It’s right there in my hand, on my person; I don’t have to get up and walk over to log onto it. The iPhone has made apps the huge “must-have” they are today.
    I’m a photographer so the web is a huge resource for me. The easy, little things such as FB, Twitter, e-mail, Pandora, texting, and phone calls are iPhone tasks. However, when it comes to selling my photography and getting my name out there I rely on my Mac (yes, I’m very much so an Apple product gal) and the web. The web is my greatest tool when it comes to branding myself to people. Dr. Husni is a perfect example of this with his “Mr. Magazine” webpage. When it comes to branding yourself, as an individual, I’m not sold on apps being the best way to do it (other than social networks like FB or Twitter). Web still has a strong hold on “surfing the net” in times of boredom and as the best way to market an individual or company.
    I disagree that “web is dead,” I firmly believe web still has it’s place in today’s media generation, it’s just a much more specific purpose than it was 20 years ago.

  38. Eric Levine says:

    I love apps, I use then everyday. I would rather use my iPod to surf the web instead of my computer. There are so many portable devices that hook up with the internet that take less time to start up and apps are just like bookmarks or shortcuts. I have less than ten bookmarks on my computer’s web browser but I have over 70 apps on my iPod. Apps are easier to access but one can do or view more things from the computer. Apps are updating to become more like the web-based sites, however, their not too far behind. In due time, the internet is going to be all about the apps and links.

  39. Alexa Bafalis says:

    Personally I am more of an app person because I have the iPhone and I tend to use the apps on my phone on a daily basis. I use the map app to navigate around places and yelps to find restaurants or shops close by. If I need to look anything up on the web it is simple because I have my phone right there. I honestly do not know what I would do without my phone. Although I have such an easy access with my iPhone, I still turn to my Macbook Pro to look things up when I am home working on projects and such. I agree with the article in the way that iPhones and other smart phones have changed the way we use the web, but people still use the web when they are at work or at home. Yes it is great having the internet at your fingertips, but there are times when waiting for the page to load on your phone takes too long, or there is a video that isn’t on youtube but on a website that requires Javascript to watch it. (Which iPhones don’t obtain yet but soon will I’m sure) So to me personally, the web isn’t dead because a lot of people, especially those in older generations who feel too “technologically challenged” to have an iPhone or a similar phone, still use their computers to fire up that web search. I would have to say it is more of the younger generations that have converted to only using their phones for web related things. Case in point, the web is dead…at least not yet!

  40. K. Nicole Miller says:

    I’m going to have to disagree with Wolff. I can understand what he is saying and I believe apps are becoming very popular and convenient but I still use the web to surf constantly. I surf things that interest me. For example, I love to read trashy magazines and stay updated with celebrity news. If I am curious about something or someone I will simply google them or look them up on a search website.

  41. Caroline Talamo says:

    I just got an IPhone this weekend and I downloaded apps the moment I got home to play with it. Yet, I disagree with Wolff because I use the computer to surf the web more than what I use my apps. There are lots of people who do not have IPhones and ITouches to use these so called “apps.” These people are still surfing the web on a regular basis.

  42. Brittany Stubbs says:

    The title and statements are debatable because it all depends on who the user is and what content or convenience they’re looking for. If the user just wants to change their facebook status or see if it’s going to rain today, then yes, they’re probably just going to click the app for it. But If the user is typing a ten page research paper and needs direct quotes and information, I think it’s safe to assume they will be googling on their laptop, going from page to page to find the substance their paper needs.

  43. Lauren McMillin says:

    As many have already mentioned, apps are mainly for iPhone users. I do not own an iPhone, so I really don’t know about the latest apps or feel the urge to use them during my day. With this said, I am a fan of the web. First of all, I find it much easier to not only use a full-sized keyboard to search whatever I may need, but it is also simpler to read my findings on the much larger screens that laptops have. As iPhones become more popular, I can definitely see the popularity and use of apps spreading in the future, as well. While apps can be fun and entertaining, though, I think that I will still rely on the web to conduct more in-depth research and to explore what the web still has to offer.

  44. taylorharrell says:

    This article is very interesting to me because ive never really thought there was a difference between the web and the internet. I know that i am on my laptop the majority of the day, but what am i doing on my laptop all that time? i guess when i read the article it made me think about what exactly i am using the internet to do throughout the day and now that ive really thought about it i see that my day starts off by checking my email, then blackboard, then i get on facebook, then i go to class where i browse facebook a little more, get on my teachers website or blackboard to follow the lesson along with the class, then go back to my house to get on my email and faccebook again, then i will get on skype for a little bit. Regardless, i am never on the web. On my laptop i simply click safari and it takes me straight to my homepage, facebook, and then from there i have all of my main and favorite websites bookmarked on the top of my browser. Now that i really put a lot of thought into my daily internet routine i notice that i am never on the web unless i am working on a project or looking for information i need real quick. Therefore, i do believe that the use of the web is declining but i completely disagree that it is dead or will be dead soon, whether or not we are on the web every day makes no difference to how much we need it. If i did not have the web i would have no clue how to research anything i needed information on. People want the internet and apps, but rely on and need the web. The web will never be dead.

  45. Elizabeth Sales says:

    I believe Anderson is on the right track. Because I have and iPhone I spend more time on my apps than I do actually using the Safari web browser. I use the apps because I feel that it is faster than the web. I’m getting what I want, like Anderson mentioned. When I use an app, I get instant feedback instead of a long delay from the web.

  46. Kells Johnson says:

    I agree with Chris Anderson..I use the web(to swim) more than I use apps because apps cannot help me to research and study for improvement of knowledge. I am more of a web person. Apps are difficult for me to operate, and it takes a great amount of time for me to learn how to do so. Sometimes i observe my sister use her cellular device apps and i have concluded that she activates an app once every 30 minutes out of her day. I guess one could say that I am Old Fashioned.

  47. Jade Genga says:

    I say… Blame us. Yes, this is bizarre. Yes, this is a market trend, but hey, we are the ones trying to constantly adapt. I just recently got a Droid. That to me was an absolutely jarring change. I figured it wouldn’t be a huge change. I had a cell phone. I loved my laptop. But I had never realized how addicting it was to have everything combined into one little hand-held device just sitting in your pocket. I am addicted to apps. I am trying so hard to break the addiction. But now that I think about it, I have ditched the Web and use my apps as my life sources. I never realized it, but hey, stuff happens when you aren’t paying attention.

  48. Stephanie Wales says:

    Is there a printer friendly version of this article?

  49. Christy Greer says:

    I do believe apps are taking over, for most people who have the an Iphone everything is at the tips of their fingers, making everything more convenient. I personally have a Blackberry and as a result never get on the internet to check my email, I get everything sent to my phone, making it so easy to get all the information I need whenever I want without getting on my computer and logging on my email account. I have a weather app and a google app and even facebook at the tips of the fingers without going through the process of the internet to get there. I do however use the web, when I have to research anything or want to read the news, but regardless for most people, they skip the process of the web altogether.

  50. Sealy Smith says:

    I personally love to surf the internet, and I am pretty sure that I am not the only one that feels this way. I mean yes, I do think apps can come in quite nefty, but nothing replaces a good ole few hours of surfing the web. I mean what about when you shop or look for the unknown?!? That requires the surfing of the web to take place. In my opinion, I do not even think that this is a concern because of the mere fact that people like to surf the web. End of story.

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