Science fiction often portrays dystopian scenarios of the future, often involving repression of the human race by machines. In this article I argue that taking these warnings seriously might not be a bad idea. Science fiction reflects a lot of the mentality of its makers and society in general, and often builds and comments on existing societal issues.
One of the defining qualities of human beings is the urge and the ability to transcend past limitations through self-directed action. This essentially makes a definition of human beings a moving target. This is our wildcard, and it represents our greatest potential and greatest curse.
Increased popularity of digital socializing to the seeming detriment of physical socializing has some concerned. On the other hand, it is just a symptom of an ongoing gradual merger of human and technological. Becoming dependent on a yet another new technology to change the way we do something? We've done that so many times before.
A response to the outrage over Apple's restrictive policies and desire to control the user experience. The point is that if this was really so unacceptable Apple couldn't be able to get away with it so easily. The fact that so many people buy Apple's products despite these concerns is what keeps Apple doing what it's doing. If you don't want to be "owned" by Apple, don't buy from them.