Friday, January 14th, 2011

Making predictions is hard – especially about the future of media

For those who haven’t seen it, here’s a curious item – an alarmist video about the future of media (in 2014) made (or at least uploaded to YouTube) in the far-off days of 2007. The general thrust is familiar – software-driven news aggregation and user-generated content have combined to drive “the press as you know […]

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

The shape of content yet to come

As you sit relaxing this Christmas – roasting chestnuts on an open fire, rocking around the Christmas tree and watching mommy kissing Santa Claus on YouTube – ponder the strange truth that Web 2.0 is not as new as you thought. For the idea of user-generated content has been with us for several decades. According […]

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Cecille B DeMille predicts YouTube!

Well, kinda. From the Paleofuture blog: a 1925 newspaper interview entitled “Expect Movies to be Produced in Every Home” in which legendary Hollywood producer/director Cecil B DeMille predicts that: “Within the next 20 years some householder with absolutely no studio training will produce a screen masterpiece, with no stage except that of his own parlor, dining […]

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Journalism's uncertain future

As they say, prediction is hard – especially about the future. Many years ago – sometime in the mid-to-late 1990s – I started to take note of the technological change revamping the journalism business, and I started to make some fanciful predictions about the direction it would take. Anyone who takes an interest in futurology […]