[SIGCIS-Members] TechRepublic: The evolution of the laptop computer

James Sumner james.sumner at manchester.ac.uk
Thu May 11 01:09:13 PDT 2017


This feature is a good illustration of the vice-like grip that Firstism 
seems to have on the templating of this kind of material, particularly 
when we reach the final page, dealing with the Microsoft Surface.

I think a lot of people who are very far from being contextual 
historians or STS scholars, but have a passing interest as mobile tech 
users or buyers, would agree that the later Surfaces and Surface Pros 
are interesting and influential in a way that the original Surface of 
2013 really wasn't. The copy below the photo actually says this in so 
many words. The piece has "evolution" in its title, and the main thing 
you can do with the Surface story is to talk about iterative product 
development. Nonetheless, the photo is of the 2013 device. Why? Because 
it was "First"...

JS


On 11/05/2017 03:51, Evan Koblentz wrote:
> Their use of "first" this or that, on almost every slide, and the fact 
> that most of the things they called "first" aren't by a long shot.
>
>
>
> On 05/10/2017 10:33 PM, Joly MacFie wrote:
>> Oh? I only looked at the pretty pix :)
>>
>> What particularly got your goat?
>>
>> I was disappointed not to see the portable Commodore 64 in there.
>> ​j​
>>
>>
>> On Wed, May 10, 2017 at 9:56 PM, Evan Koblentz <evan at vcfed.org
>> <mailto:evan at vcfed.org>> wrote:
>>
>>     I'm a TechRepublic contributor. Emailed my editor there today and
>>     told her this made me CRINGE for being so error-ridden. I reminded
>>     her that I (literally) wrote the book on the evolution of mobile
>>     computing. No response yet...
>>
>>
>>
>>     On 05/10/2017 09:27 PM, Joly MacFie wrote:
>>
>>
>>         ​Clickbait, but pretty.
>>
>>>> http://www.techrepublic.com/pictures/the-evolution-of-the-laptop-computer/
>> <http://www.techrepublic.com/pictures/the-evolution-of-the-laptop-computer/>
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