Why do you want to go Bill's way?
We've all been blown away by the now patented & psyche-etched "where do you want to go today?" rhetorical question, and the exciting possibilities of running a fashion house or sushi bar, selling web-objects to a race of newbies, a generation 'coming down" from a 45 year fix of Alpha-wave TV.
We are now a switched on consumer, like the 90's mum scanning baby pictures and sending them via email to grandma in England, while her boyfriend runs a successful SOHO using nothing but a Pentium, modem and a pair of Raybans.
The paper-clip helper is certainly a lovable masochist, as we run him through the wringer upon the "print" command. This is surely just the beginning of Bill's creative teams efforts.
Are we worshiping the beast or delving into a godsend with this web thing? Is there just so much crap, porn, junk mail, hate sites and perverts, not to mention bad websites, that surfing the net will be useless. Shall we stick with TV? Infomercials, cable, passive sedation via hypnotic broadcasts?
Or can we consider the premise that this embryonic & rapid growth of what is essentially the earth's brain, it's cerebral cortex, if you will, connected with human synapses & aided by electronic nerve impulses through computers (receptors) is an opportunity to use it as much as we can, thirsting for downloads of the latest upgrade, learn all the fancy new scripts, install a few cgi bins in your web, full of surveys and feedback forms, and even when win95 crashes, it creates a talking point. Bill is helping support the ancient art of conversation.
"My windows crashed last night"
"wow" "Bill Gates must be the 11th child born on the 14th full moon after the rise of the pestilence in the new world, and born of the pilgrims. He must be Satan!"
"yeah, wanna see my cool evil web links?"
…stuff like that.
I mean, what else is there to talk about? Where do you want to go today? I think its more like, why should we go Bills way? If there are enough positives and few enough negatives to a system, surely we should do our darned global best to give the people everything they need to go where they want to go today. Somehow I think alternative operating systems and protocols are around the corner, waiting to be discovered/created/evolved.