Hindsight is 20/20

It takes an incredibly amount of foresight to be able to predict the future with any amount of accuracy. Hindsight is always 20/20 however, so some of the ideas presented in the three videos watched in class this week seem crazy, however many got very close.

I couldn’t help but be impressed with those who were spotlighted on the 1981 KRON report about the primitive Internet. I take my electronic news subscription for granted, and have never before stopped to think about the effort that must have gone into creating this technology.

I thought it was interesting when David Cole (of the S.F. Examiner) said “We’re not in it to make money. We’re not going to loose a lot, but we’re not going to make much either.” People were interested in putting the news online just for the sake of advancement of the profession, not for financial gain. Given today’s struggle with finances in the newspaper industry, this shocked me. This report was also incredibly accurate when it predicted a day will come when we will get all our news (or most of it) by computer, which to me shows an incredible amount of forward thinking.

This forward thinking also was evident in the report regarding the Tablet Newspaper from 1994. I found Knight Rider’s Roger Fidler incredibly insightful. My favorite part of the video was his term “Mediamorphesis”. Even 20+ years later, this term can still be used today, which goes to show the journalism field will probably never stop evolving. There were obvious issues with minor details regarding tablet newspapers, like the idea of a chip you can take with you to get news, or having the tablet read the news TO you (this could be an added feature in the future, I suppose).

The EPIC 2015 video clip predicted a more concerning future of journalism, in where each organization tries to out do one another. I found it most interesting when the narrator started talking about how MSN Newsbotster would start showing news based on what it predicted you would find interesting, and also based on what your friends were reading. This struck me as eerily similar to the Facebook “Trending Stories”, which used to have human “curators” before they swapped to an algorithm similar to this.

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