Interesting article from Cory Doctorow on why the iPad is not the second coming. There are many people out there who need it to work - but that's not the same as actually making it work.
To be honest, as I've previously observed, I'd rather the iPad did provide that immersive experience of publishing the traditional publishers so hanker after - if only to get them off the web again and into their little profitable niches. Leave rapacious search engines to continue their valuable job of finding out interesting virtual corners and nooks and crannies. Create a parallel "web" - and leave the real one alone.
That's what I'm looking to happen. So I'd be glad if the iPad did work.
For those foolish, lazy and sad enough to need it.