Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired, caused a stir in the technology world when he declared the web “dead” in the magazine’s September cover story. Its demise, according to Anderson, stems from the growing use of simpler, sleeker services such as apps and smartphones. He writes:
“Over the past few years, one of the most important shifts in the digital world has been the move from the wide-open Web to semiclosed platforms that use the Internet for transport but not the browser for display. It’s driven primarily by the rise of the iPhone model of mobile computing, and it’s a world Google can’t crawl, one where HTML doesn’t rule.”
Not everyone is ready to don their mourning clothes for the Web just yet though. In fact, many in the tech community believe Anderson’s statements are not only premature, but potentially based on a fallacy. As TechCrunch blogger Erick Schonfeld points out:
“The [Wired] article is anchored by the startling infographic…, which shows the proportion of different types of traffic on the Internet. The Web, HTML traffic visible though a browser, is only about a quarter (23%) of the overall traffic, down from about half a decade ago. It’s been pushed down by peer-to-peer (23%), video (51%), and other types of apps which use the Internet for transport but are not browser-based. It’s not clear what exactly Wired is counting as video, but presumably it is not all of the Flash video on YouTube which is very much part of the Web.”
Check out Chris Anderson’s article, “The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet,” and Erick Schonfeld’s post, “Wired Declares the Web is Dead – Don’t Pull Out the Coffin Just Yet,” for yourself and see what you think: Is the Web really dead or has it just evolved?