Front Story: Move forward 8 years (and change). It's the year 2014. The New York Times ceases to exist. Microsoft is desperately trying to survive. Google and Amazon have combined into one macro-entity. All news and existing information is customized and packaged for each viewer. Media, as we know it today, ceases to exist.
What does this future look like?
Back story: Through sheer luck and a bit of link-chasing, we discovered the following 8-minute, flash video/multi-media production recently: "Epic 2014! (A Report from the Museum of Media History, circa 2014)".
Created by Robin Sloan and Matt Thompson, with accompanying music by Minus Kelvin, the video offers a rubber band shot covering the:
- historical rise of the internet/media giants of today
- chases their potential shadows into the future with a particular interest in the potential merging of Google and Amazon (to the detriment of Microsoft) into Googlezon, and
- re-shapes them into one giant corporate 'matrix' providing the world's entire information resevoir 'on-demand' and customized for each participant
Possible? Conceivable? Logical? Laughable?
For lack of a better suggestion, this provocative "history of the future" view deserves both attention and conversation.