Modernism , the idealistic search for truth, gave way in the latter half of the 20th century to a realization of its unattainability. Theodor W. Adorno said in 1970, "It is now taken for granted that nothing which concerns art can be taken for granted any more: neither art itself, nor art in relationship to the whole, nor even the right of art to exist."  Relativism was accepted as an unavoidable truth, which led to the period of contemporary art and postmodern criticism , where cultures of the world and of history are seen as changing forms, which can be appreciated and drawn from only with skepticism and irony. Furthermore, the separation of cultures is increasingly blurred and some argue it is now more appropriate to think in terms of a global culture, rather than of regional ones.
On the other side of the tablet landscape we will see manufacturers compete at a general-purpose level. The hardware for these tablets will likely be very high-end from processor, screen resolution, storage capacity and more. This market I feel will be quite a bit more difficult to compete in than the smaller screen, use-case specific tablet market. I don’t expect very many companies to succeed in the general-purpose tablet landscape.
The end result, however, could be quite interesting in a family dynamic. Given that all household members may have different interests – therefore choosing different tablets to meet their needs – consumer’s homes will experience an invasion of screens all serving to accomplish different jobs.
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