Traditional news-media will die

I came across this blog post Live Internet Video Stream while surfing Techmeme (which is really useful btw!) about how easy it is to connect a bunch of people over the internet using a variety of technologies, webcam, skype, twitter etc. and it was fascinating to read. Quote below:

Just as things were starting to pick up, an earthquake struck Acapulco. Local twitterers started tweeting – and Scoble picked up on the trend. Before long, a Mexico City blogger (who had experienced a 6.0 aftershock) was connected to the Ustream chat. I requested his Skype ID for a video chat – and we were connected within minutes. More people tuned into the live A/V stream, more people re-twittered the link, more people became active in the Ustream chat room, and #twitter on irc.wyldryde.org also started to receive a flurry of activity.

At some point during this convergence, I had started a live (free) teleconference using the LiveOffice service. Dozens of people were talking to one another in real-time, while watching me speaking with a man in another country about an event that was unfolding quicker than could be covered by traditional media outlets.

Awesome at many levels. I guess I should take a look at Twitter. And get a decent webcam.

But of late I can’t help thinking that this kind of nerdvana news is popping up more frequently than before. A couple of months backl I was reading about Ray Kurzweil. I like to think that the pace of technology is really accelerating and building upon itself in the way that Ray Kurzweil declares. Or maybe the new thoughts planted in my mind just makes it more likely for me to spot these kind of news items.

But just a sampling of the other news items that stood out for me over the last few weeks:

Two Episodes Into Prom Queen And I’m Completely Hooked
A direct-to-internet video series. One of the comments on that post said:

The advantage of being web based is that there are no FCC regulations to worry about.
So they will be able to take ” sex sells” to a much higher level than [their] TV counterparts […]

Mmm. Disruptive technologies :)

Brain waves control video game
Title says it all eh.

Blood groups ‘can be converted’
Scientists have developed a way of converting one blood group into another. Just one example of how we are re-defining ourselves. As per Ray Kurzweil, nanotechnology is a big part of the future. I used to dismiss nano as nonsense, but now I’m not so sure.

Who Created “Hillary 1984”? Mystery Solved!
It is worth reading what “ParkRidge47” wrote when he owned up to making the YouTube clip. If you are a true geek, some of it will give you goosebumps:

I made the “Vote Different” ad because I wanted to express my feelings about the Democratic primary, and because I wanted to show that an individual citizen can affect the process. There are thousands of other people who could have made this ad, and I guarantee that more ads like it–by people of all political persuasions–will follow.

This shows that the future of American politics rests in the hands of ordinary citizens. […]

This ad was not the first citizen ad, and it will not be the last. The game has changed.

The Machine is Using Us
Boing Boing had a post on this a month or so back: Web 2.0 explained in a short, moving video. This is apparently the final version. From the YouTube description you can find links to high resolution versions for download.

It looks like we are built to share the information in our minds. That explains what drives the Internet and maybe even Open Source. We are clearly building technology that enables sharing of our thoughts.

It is exciting and scary at the same time to contemplate what the future will bring.

3 Responses to Traditional news-media will die

  1. Chris Yeh says:

    The key to the acceleration of developments in TV land is the decentralization and democratization of innovation in the media.

    Back when the networks held a stranglehold over TV, change came slowly.

    Cable accelerated the pace of change, allowing lower-cost experiments that targeted smaller segments of the viewing audience.

    Today, the Internet allows anyone who wants to conduct 1:1 experiments in real time. Sure, most of them will wither and die, but there are so many more things being tried that the pace of innovation is dizzying.

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  3. Jonny says:

    What makes this interesting is the way that new forms of communication that cross geographies and create communities like never before are revolutionising the norm for the way that people find out about news. Where people historically were glued to CNN I wonder whether the future will see us having one eye looking at Twitter?

    My post backs up this point

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