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Re: Phoning In the Future of Television
Posted by: Andrew Keen 2008-03-30 10:23:07
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In 1990, at the dawn of the digital epoch, the American futurist George Gilder wrote a prescient little book called Life After Television: The Coming Transformation of Media and American Life. Back then, in the primeval soup of the Web 0.1 age, Gilder predicted a grand historical platform shift in the distribution of information and entertainment, in which the television epoch would be replaced by "the age of the telecomputer." Fast-forward 18 years: Web 0.1 has matured into Web 2.0 and Gilder's epochal shift no longer sounds like the wishful thinking of a digital Hegelian.


Re: Phoning In the Future of Television
Posted by: stefn 2008-03-30 10:43:45 In reply to: Andrew Keen
Apple and Jobs break into industries that take their eye off of value and service in favor of profits and control: music, video, games, telephone, and eventually banking—money being the ultimate content stream. I am reminded of Richard Brautigan's wonderfully ironical poem, <a href="http://www.redhousebooks.com/galleries/freePoems/allWatchedOver.htm" target="_blank">"All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace."</a>
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