AOL continues its slide

AOL continues its slide
Pardon me if I beat up on a business when it’s down, but AOL deserves a little slap. Time Warner dumped it from the corporate name, and now they’re cutting prices in what observers are saying is a very dark sign. Wired reports that AOL will begin offering a $10 monthly service under its Netscape Brand for those “who want only bare‐bones Internet access.” Well, hi, how do you do! By controlling everything about a user’s experience, AOL set itself up for failure on two fronts. One, it ignored a basic tenet of Postmodernism, that the freedom to experience is higher on the food chain than packaged information, regardless of the quality of the package. Two, it relied on dail‐up modems to provide the conduit for that control. I’ve always felt AOL was training wheels for the Internet anyway, and I especially loathed the software’s seizure of everything on my hard drive. And perhaps now we’ll be relieved of those ubiquitous “free” CDs.

Speak Your Mind

*

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.