The Future of Media
“How long you figure before we save up and get the fourth wall torn out and the fourth wall-TV installed?" If I think of the future of media I remember this quotation from Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”. Will television remain an important part of mass media or will the Internet kill it? What role are mobile devices going to play and what about movies in 2020?
In the following text I am going to answer this questions focusing on television and movies in the near future.
First of all, I would like to go over my expectations of movies in the future:
To my mind after today’s standards - 3D and 4K- movies are going to come to a new level of entertainment. I am not talking about higher resolutions or better surround sound, but about blurring the line between the physical and the digital world. In other words, the move from watching a movie to being part of a movie. I might be wrong but who would not like to play his favorite character in a movie, interact with other characters and affect the movie’s outcome? Wireless bodysuits will make the audience feel, what their characters feel and finally give them the opportunity to push reality to the back of their minds.
Not only movies will use the immersive technology, to take their audience in the middle of the story, also the gaming market will offer their consumers choices in their games, we do not have today.
As I already indicated I would like to discuss television’s role in the future and give an answer about the Internet killing television.
Personally, I think that the death of TV prophesied by many, is too easy and quickly. If we take a look at the history of mass media, we might realize that mediums have never been replaced, but existed alongside each other. Television and the Internet, often seen as opponents, can work together.
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