bq. Sure, you can be all elitist and say, “This is how the web has always been—that they think it is new is jarring,”? but to them, it is new.
That’s being elitist? Dude, I’m not saying your friend’s middle-aged dad should have known better what the web was, I’m saying journalists whose job it is to study the matter should know better; experienced technologists should know better—or do know better and are cashing in disingenuously.
bq. Dismiss these people if you like, but that doesn’t seem very web-like to me, since the web is supposed to bring people together, not separate them into *lists apart.*