The model of interaction with the iPad is to be a "consumer," what William Gibson memorably described as "something the size of a baby hippo, the color of a week-old boiled potato, that lives by itself, in the dark, in a double-wide on the outskirts of Topeka. It's covered with eyes and it sweats constantly. The sweat runs into those eyes and makes them sting. It has no mouth... no genitals, and can only express its mute extremes of murderous rage and infantile desire by changing the channels on a universal remote."
Cory Doctorow makes a strong, solid case against the iPad and points out why it is not a transformative device. And really, the article is much less about the iPad, good or bad, and much more about what is good and strong about Maker culture and information sharing, and why control and lockdown and design aimed at consumers is to be avoided.