Thursday, December 07, 2006

The future of media? 2014 EPIC

This video is a little old (by Internet standards only, it is from May 2006), but my friend Keith just sent it to me and I had to post about it.

It is awesome - as in it fills one with awe. It is fiction, I think, but certainly could be possible. However, I am more optimistic for the fate of journalism. I think that there will always be a place for professional journalists. Even this look at a possible future includes people who get paid for their online editing. The traditional news organizations still need to wake up and make some changes, but they are starting to come around.

The scary part of the video is that in their future all of the news is shallow.

At its best, edited for the savviest of readers, EPIC is a summary of the world, deeper, broader, more nuanced than anything every available before. But at its worst, and for too many, EPIC is merely a collection of trivia, much of it untrue, all of it narrow, shallow, and sensational. But EPIC is what we wanted, it is what we choose, and its commercial success preempted any discussions of media and democracy or journalistic ethics.
There certainly is, in my opinion, too much celebrity news and gossip around today, but that is what people want and pay for. I am not sure if there is much we can do to change that other than to train our children to focus on important social and moral issues and encourage them to get involved and be part of the world around them. (Here is a transcript of part of the movie.)

1 comment:

John said...

That was kind of creepy, but unfortunately entirely possible. I hate to be the conspiracy theorist, but what's to stop a government from subtly controlling all of this? I mean, it probably wouldn't be much different than what is already govenment controlled media is now, but it could still be powerful in the wrong hands. If you can control what people see then you can control (to some extent at least) what they think and/or how they feel. The future they painted is like information communism; good in theory as long as it's not exploited. We should be okay though, Google's motto is "Do no evil." At least, that's what I've been told.