Michael Bane made an interesting comment about Tam’s post about the Taurus Spectrum, mentioning how the Walkman was, in some ways, the progenitor of the iPhone.
Which made me remember that the Walkman was the beginning of the personal media revolution we know live in. The introduction of Walkman was the first time that we could decide what music we ourselves could listen to at any given moment in the day, The Walkman begat the iPod which turned out to be an evolutionary dead end: Even Apple doesn’t make them anymore. It was a dead end because it could really only do one thing, play music. Even though the iPod could carry around thousands and thousands of songs, in the end, it wasn’t enough to compete against the next big thing, which was the iPhone and streaming music services.
The iPhone, on the other hand, is still continuing to grow and expand because it CAN grow and expand. Thanks to the App Store and iOS, you can make your iPhone into just about anything you want it to be.
Guns are iPods: they do only one thing. This isn’t a bad thing, though. After all, Apple’s “digital hub strategy” was built around one-use gadgets like the iPods and digital video cameras, and it resurrected the company and made them gazillions of dollars.
This is where we’re trying to get to right now with guns: We need a “security hub” strategy, where we integrate the unitasker (guns) along with all the other elements of personal security into our lives and the lives of the people around us and turn ourselves into our own first responders.
However, what made Apple’s digital hub strategy obsolete was another Apple product, the iPhone. The iPhone took all of those disparate tasks performed by separate devices and compressed them into one easy to carry device, which meant you didn’t need a computer at the center of your digital life anymore.
We’re not at that stage yet. Heck, we’re not even at the stage were
Walkmans guns are a common sight in our society.