Alternative Theories on the Evolution of Media

Photo:CC0, Unsplash, 2015

The following videos from 1981, 1994, and 2015 each described an evolution of digital media: Report from KRON in San Francisco“The Tablet Newspaper: A Vision for the Future”“EPIC 2015”, respectively.

In the KRON report, we can see the beginnings of internet journalism as an experiment that the creators were solely testing and not looking for a profit. Their idea of an electronic newspaper was accurate, however quite costly and a bit inconvenient. The paper would need to be ordered over the phone and take about two hours to download onto a home computer. We can see from this video that they were on track to discovering that online news would eventually take print away and that journalists have been thinking of digital resources for quite some time. All in all, the ideas were there, but the technological progress was not up to their speed.

Roger Fidler, often referred to as the man who created the tablet before Steve Jobs. In this video, Fidler introduced interactivity of newspapers, including touch screens with maps and videos, and advertisements and articles catered to personal interests. Basically, a smart tablet of today. He was right in that the resolution was a lot better than today’s devices and he predicted that papers would be eager to get rid of the cost of printing. However, without wireless internet, the kiosk idea was a bit strange and didn’t catch on. A great take-away from this video is that physical papers need to evolve.

Finally, the EPIC clip voiced predictions for the future of Google (and Amazon.) The video was accurate in that it showed how interconnected everything would eventually be as it is today. To have Google with other platforms that eventually connect to a device (modern day smartphone) and for things such as podcasts and location indicators becoming popular. It was a little off in describing the way that everything evolved but the general ideas remain true.

Overall, these videos contained some accuracies that became untrue mostly due to technological advancements.


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