Wireless devices: The 1994 interface of the future

Douglas Rushkoff's Second sight in the Guardian is talking about the speed and simplicity of animation and ad banner free WAP user interfaces. Take a look, for instance, at the NYTimes WAP page. In the article he says "We merely have a very clear recollection of how much better early web interfaces served the needs of students, researchers and anyone looking for some information." Hmm. True probably to some degree -- for some sites. But remember how hard it could be to find stuff using interfaces like Gopher? The usability of simple browsing interfaces that provide access to large collections depends on access points and recognizability. Rushkoff has a point though. I love reading news using RSS/RDF headlines that I grab everyday rather than going to the sites themselves.