Saturday, June 20, 2009

Revolutionary Tools with Baby Names

From Peggy Noonan's column today, which in part deals with new media and what's going on in Iran:

The great question is what modern technology can do not in the short term so much as the long. It is not the friend of entrenched tyranny. Connected to which, it would be nice if the technologies of the future were not given babyish names. Twitter, Google, Facebook, etc., have come to be crucial and historically consequential tools, and yet to refer to them is to talk baby talk. In the future could inventors please keep the weight and dignity of history in mind?