Is the web dead? In a ballyhooed cover story in 2010, Wired magazine said it was in decline and apps were going to take over. The writers — buttressed by technological and cultural events since — make a strong case.
The Pew Internet Project and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center decided to take a look. (Elon’s Janna Anderson is all over this stuff!) You should take a look, too. They surveyed experts and asked them to look to the future. A quick conclusion:
Some 59% agreed with the statement:
In 2020, the World Wide Web is stronger than ever in users’ lives. The open Web continues to thrive and grow as a vibrant place where most people do most of their work, play, communication, and content creation. Apps accessed through iPads, Kindles, Nooks, smartphones, Droid devices, and their progeny—the online tools GigaOM referred to as “the anti-Internet”—will be useful as specialized options for a finite number of information and entertainment functions. There will be a widespread belief that, compared to apps, the Web is more important and useful and is the dominant factor in people’s lives.
— John Robinson