Monday, January 19, 2009

Welcome to 2014

So you know this future-of-the-media video? It's been floating around for a while, and while it includes Google and Amazon, its spotlight on Friendster reveals its age.

Anyway, at the end, dude's telling us how "Epic," which is this massive techno-thing created by the makers of Google, filters custom-created news in a new, scary, computerized world. Except...what he says is already happening now.

Freelancing editors? Check. Customizable news sources? Check. The New York Times only being read by "the elite and the elderly"? Pretty sure that's a check. People around the world getting paid modest sums to contribute in the global network? Like...that's kind of what I want to do with my life. In fact, let's start now: someone pay me!

Ahem. Sorry. Point is, we're all controlled by robots and soon the crab people will eat us.



Cody Brown said...

The New York Times website gets over 20 million unique visitors every month.

That's certainly quite a lot of elite old people.

Jess and Josh said...

Hey, elite OR elderly!

But yeah, many people read the Times. I think the fictional claim is more correct in terms of the Times's decreased relevance in today's media world. Or...something.