Mark Cuban thinks that the internet is dead and boring:
Every generation has its defining breakthrough. Cars, TV, Radio, Planes,highways, the wheel, the printing press, the list goes on forever. I’m sure in each generation to whom the invention was a breakthrough it may have been heretical to consider those inventions "dead and boring". The reality is that at some point they stop changing. They stop evolving. They become utilities or utilitarian and are taken for granted.
Some of you may not want to admit it, but that’s exactly what the net has become. A utility. It has stopped evolving. Your Internet experience today is not much different than it was 5 years ago.
Fred Wilson disagrees:
If it ended with "my Internet experience today is not much different than it was 5 years ago", I’d be nodding my head in agreement. Clearly Mark’s not using the Internet the way I am.
My delicious toolbar records my most visited web services. Typepad, Google Finance, Techmeme, Delicious, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, last.fm, hypemachine, yottamusic. I did not use one of those services 5 years ago. Not one of them!
Those services may be new, but I was using Blogger, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Photos, chat rooms, directories and the like five years ago. These services aren’t that new or novel. YouTube may be new, but video on the web isn’t either.
Mark Evans feels pretty much the same way:
Personally, the Internet and what’s available never ceases to amaze. I spent a good hour last weekend using StumbleUpon, and discovered a whack of great Web sites that immediately went on my del.ici.us account. I also spent some time watching videos, including a bunch of WordPress tutorials – something that was difficult to easily do a couple of years ago.
Yes there is a lot of stuff out there.There are a lot of new TV shows every year too, but rarely is there anything all that different on. And yes we’re doing a lot of stuff with the internet. But the internet has become kind of boring.
I’ve had 5 Mbps service for over five years without an increase. And now if you actually use that unlimited bandwidth you’ve always been promised your service just may get cut off. If we can’t maintain net neutrality the carriers will pick and choose what happens in the future.
I’m waiting to see the next big leap forward.