Yeah, between Microsoft, Apple, Facebook and Google it's just.... too comfy, if you know what I mean? Instead of the power being at our fingertips, we're at other people's fingertips. They give us "rich experiences" and "capture our imagination" and frankly, future generations damning us seems optimistic to me, since that would require them to have some clue or care a bit.
I seriously think if this is the information age, then what is still considered "geeky" sometimes just is being able to read and write. And like Orwell said, if you can't write properly, you can't think properly, and if you can't do that, others will do it for you.
You know what I think Apple actually meant with "1984 isn't going to BE like 1984"*? Because it's more stylish. That's all. Because you get to have sex even. Because we found more efficient ways to destroy resources and control people than physical warfare. And so on... not because the basic idea is different.
(* if you don't know what I mean, look for "apple commercial 1984" on youtube, and then "apple awesome keynote" to get the FULL picture haha -- and no, I'm not even going on about conspiracies I just mean irony and Orwelll being spot on wether we see it or not)
Hmm, that's a bit bleak an outlook at the beginning of a new year, I know... but hey, if it gets me to code my own stuff, instead of just consuming, I cherish this pessimist paranoia. I recommend it ^^