Starting as a device for showing pictures from your computer, digital photo frames are now in a position to replace home computers. In the olden days we had to make our own entertainment. we wrote the Christmas letters, kept a spreadsheet of the home accounts and a database of collections or hobbies as ways of using a complicated device that we were told would change our lives.
Once the web arrived the emphasis changed to exploring and we started using the computer as a very expensive remote control to flick through pages and channels of information.
We can now replace the complex hardware of the home computer with a digital photo frame and a remote control. The missing link is the browser software and internet connection - it is the the work of moments to produce this technology and the cost will be pennies.
So is this the JustEnoughTechnology solution to our computing needs?
I'm afraid so, the vast majority of us are passive consumers of content. Even the production of emails has become reduced to an abbreviated keypad for sndg txt.
Generating the content to amuse,educate and titillate the world wide web audience requires a tiny percentage of users to produce the content. The smaller the number of producers the higher the risk of getting the egotistical and the obsessive. Imagine if the world view of the majority of people could be determined by the output of the Hollywood film studios.