Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it, we go nowhere. Skepticism enables us to distinguish fancy from fact, to test our speculations.
from Carl Sagan’s Cosmos
There have been a few instances recently when I’ve followed up a tech announcement with critique and skepticism. Most recently, Facebook Paper, which is looking to enter the already-crowded space of personal news apps, seems like yet another instance of Facebook attempting to pull a Microsoft. And unfortunately, history isn’t on Facebook’s side in this regard: Facebook Questions, Gifts, Photo App, Poke App, etc. were all entries into existing spaces with existing incumbents and, while I don’t have access to usage numbers, those apps/features have largely fallen by...