Saturday, May 14, 2005

Excellent polemic on future of old media, new media, and Google

An 8 minute Flash animation offers cool graphics, ominous narration, and a cautionary tale of how Google will devour the old media.

They manage to weave in themes of media consolidation, Google and Amazon vs. Microsoft, the impact of blogs, identity, personalization, social networking, and even grid computing. It's definitely worth a watch -- or two. Very nicely done -- even if you don't buy the vision. The piece reminded me of the movie Network -- whose cautionary tale is alas where we are today.

Over the last few years I've given a talk on "Yesterday's Tomorrows: the Challenge of Predicting Internet Futures." These folks did something cool -- they propose what the future might be like, looking back from 2014. Call it "Tomorrow's Yesterdays."


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