Monday, July 19, 2010

Where does it go from here?

So what will happen to the media in the future. A recent poll found that most people think newspapers will be extinct by 2050. Also, this month sold more books through their kindle (electronic form) than hardcover books. We've seen chain stores like Sam Goody's go out of business due to most people downloading their music. What do you predict happens next. How will cell phones change? How will radio change? How will television change? What does the future look like to you.

By the way, several of you pointed out that there was a test question on the midterm that referenced a video that was no longer available for download. I've decided to make sure everyone gets a bonus two points added on to their grade.


Corey Wheeler said...

I think cellphones, like most other electronics, will get more powerful while using less space and power. They already have moved towards integrating many devices (camera, music player, internet, GPS, etc.) into just one device. Now all they need to do is improve upon that. Perhaps at some point we will be able to use them to wirelessly connect our home PC's, Mac's, TV's and other devices to the internet as well.

As for radio, I think it's dying. Internet broadcasts provide infinitely more musical choices than radio. I don't see why listeners wouldn't move there, especially as the ability to wirelessly access it increases.
TV also seems to be slowly moving in that direction. I just cancelled my satellite the other day because I couldn't figure out why I was paying sixty five bucks a month for a bunch of crappy programing I don't watch anyway. Maybe cable and satellite will eventually move to a more on demand system where people can cheaply access what they what when they want it.

Dixonville said...

Wow...that's really something to think about! I would like to say "no" that that would never happen, and in all honesty, I don't think it ever FULLY will, at least not in the next 40 years. We already have seen the trend of small local newspapers either being bought up by larger papers, reducing the size of their paper, or reducing the frequency in which they publish it. There is not doubt in my mind that trend will continue. The trend of hardcopy books declining will probably also contiune. I just can't see in forty years we become a "paperless" nation. But then, 25 years ago when I was in college the first time, who would have thought that I'd ever be doing all my classes online?!
The cell phone industry is CONSTANTLY changing. Just think how much they have changed in the past 10 years! Think of all the apps available for iPhones, iPods, Blackberries and Andriods! I believe this industry will completely change in 40 years, but my brain can't even comprehend what all else they could get a phone to do! After all, how many of us just use our cell phones for "talking" now? Look at how landlines have decreased!
I don't think radio will have that severe of a change. Possibly more of a trend to satellite radio (XM, SIRIUS), but outside of changing from AM to FM and more specialized stations, that has been the only huge change in radio.
Buying a television these days is almost like buying a computer: as soon as you do, they come out with something better. Flat screens, Plasma, HiDef, and now 3D. Like cellphone, this is a constantly "upgrading" market and It's quite fascinating to ponder where it will be in 40 years!
~Robin Dixon

gwendolyn said...

I predict that everything will go electronic. The computer has taken over, however i would prefer to read my books in my hand instead of on a computer. And there are alot of viruses on the computer. I went to a to upload a ringtone onto my phone and ever since, my phone has been acting funny. So that just shows me how careful i have to be when I go onto the internet. However, its so easy and tempting to download songs or whatever from the internet or from music download programs instead of going to the store and buying it.

I do think there will be fewer newspapers by 2050, you will probably have to go online to read about local news or something, however I hope that does not happen. I dont read newspapers everyday but I do go and pick one up every now and then. I think that cell phones will continue to grow and become more advanced. Companies will continue to come up with things to make the public go crazy and want to buy it. However, I dont feel the need to have internet on my phone when i can just go to my laptop. Its just extra money to pay to me. I think radio will stay. I dont really see a decline in that right now or in the future. I still listen to the radio. I dont know what I would do without the radio. I think that television will become more dull with stupid shows that dont make any sense or have a point to it. I think it will become more sexual and explicit for every channel. I mean even disney channel sometimes talks about things they shouldnt in my opinion. My parents say that eventually we wont be able to watch it because everyone will be naked (LOL)! Daytime television like the soap operas and stuff have exposed more stuff in their sex scenes, you would think you were watching a movie on lifetime or USA. And the lifetime movies have gotten much more explicit with their sex scenes, you would think you were watching HBO or Showtime. So I think that television will change alot.

TiffanyS said...

I think the future of media can only go up from here. I think it is easier for people to buy books online (kindle, or nook) than to go to the story and buy the book. When you have the book at your fingertips, why would someone who read alot go to the store or library to purchase a book everytime they finished one. I think that radio is more likely to cease, as opposed to cell phones and television. People look back 20 years ago now, and can't believe the technology we have, so I'm anxious to see how it is even 5 years from now. They come out with new forms of technology everyday.
I can only imagine that in the future, that everyone will have a smartphone, TVs as we know them will be obsolete and their will be some hi-tech hologram displaying pictures in our living rooms.

H. Michelle Awtry said...

I think that once the baby boomer generation passes away, we will certainly see a "death" in the "old" ways of doing things - like reading the newspaper or even an actual book. I think that their generation is still fixed on this stuff and that the current and upcoming generation is embracing new technology a lot better. Personally, I love the internet, but if I'm going to read a book, I want to actually hold the book. I'm in my 30's, so I am certainly curious to see what everything will be like once my 2 yr old daughter is my age.
I think cell phones and televison will change a lot. I don't know how exactly, but chnage is on the way. Maybe they will be more interactive or come to life - who knows!
I think the future is full of new inventions that will make our lives easier in the long run - probably will take a little headache to "get used to" the new way of doing things or communicating, but easier none the less.

BTW, thanks for the extra points, Dr. Williams!

trinam24 said...

I dont think that newspapers will be extinct by 2050, but I do think we will probably see a decrease in the number of newspaper companies as well as a decrease in the daily distribution of the newspaper. I can see some newspaper comapanies distributing papers maybe two to three times per week in the future.

The cell phone business is one that I see that will continue to grow. I believe that cell phones will always be a vital part of people's everyday lives. I am sure that as more technological advances are made, we will see many, many more changes being made to the cell phones, but I think cell phones are hear to stay. There is not way of knowing what a cell phone will be able to do within the next 5 to 10 years!

I do not think that radio will become extinct. But, I do think that satelite radios will replace most of the radio stations. There won't be any local radio stations anymore. Satellite radio offers such a larger varitey of stations! I don't listen to the local radio stations anymore. I have satelite radio in my car and that is what I always listen to. Sometimes I listen to a CD, but I hardly ever listen to a local radio station.

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JoycieW. said...

Media in the future, that’s a great question.

Last semester, I purchased an electronic book through Barnes and Nobles. I was unable to print off the books and could only read it one page at a time. Eventually, I had to go into the store and purchase the hard copy, because personally I prefer reading the hardcover books. Honestly, I hope we never go to a completely electronic form with books. My family still has libraries cards and make frequent trips.

I agree with one of the other comments about a pay on demand system with radio and television. I listen to between 2 – 4 radio stations. My husband has XM in his truck but he only listens to about 5 stations, but it does come in handy when traveling. I would love some type of pay on demand system, that way I could choose between FM and XM radio.

I only purchase newspapers on Sunday, for the sale papers and coupons, but not on a regularly basis because I can now print off coupons online and read the sale papers. I have noticed more newspapers are beginning to charge you to read their papers online. I hope newspapers won’t be extinct by 2050, but I prefer reading it online, but would not pay for the services.

As far as television, I could cancel my satellite services, because the same as radio, we only watch a few channels. I feel as though too much of my money is spent on satellite and land line phones, but I do love the HD. My husband is itching to upgrade our televisions because they’re not plasmas, but I say as long as they show a picture, they’re staying.

Cell phones is another story, every time I figure out a cell phone, they go and change or add new features. I recently added texting to my plan and it takes me longer to write a text than making the phone call.

Don’t get me wrong, I love all the new advances we have, but at times I feel it’s too much. We’re becoming so dependent upon our cell phones and internet. Its funny when the internet goes down at work, work literally stops. We don’t write letters to each other anymore, we just send a text or an email. It’s the same for birthday and holiday cards. It’s easier to send an e-card. I still mail out holiday and birthday cards. I guess I’m old school and my brain really can’t take anymore upgrades….

Gabe Browning said...

Wow, a timely question. I haven't read this weeks topic until today and just today a friend was telling me about some products on the market that are competing with the iPhone. While living in England I've tried not to get caught up in the latest phone crazes due to the short amount of time I'll be here over all. 2 different types of networks and most companies have locks on their phones only allowing usage in the EU or US, but not both. I could get a phone that's unlocked but that makes me nervous. Anyway, so some things that I discovered today may be old news to others. I discovered the Sprint EVO phone. I was told that it can in fact become a hot spot for your wireless computer by linking up through its 4G network and then providing wireless network capabilities to your non-4G network items, i.e. laptop,ipod touch, etc. WOW! Don't know where you go from that, other than implanting the phone in your skull.

As for the future of hardcopy print... although I choose not to speculate on a time line, I will say that in my lifetime I will see the end of newspapers and most forms of books. I think there will continue to be a market for books from a nostalgia point of view, but my grandkids will mainly read from electronic devices when reading that bedtime story to their kids.

Radio is a much more difficult thing for me to predict. I'm not a satellite radio fan yet. I still prefer public radio, but I listen to my ipod more than anything else. Any shows I want to listen to I can download the podcasts from itunes and listen on the ride to work. I still like morning talk radio, the entertaining kind, not the offical news kind. Besides a few markets available within various cities, I believe the overall effect will look somewhat like cable tv... maybe 1 local channel on the radio then the rest completely syndicated shows, no local programming. It's already happening now.

T.V. will be even more available. Lord help us. Slingbox allows remote viewing of your home stations, and the internet allows viewing of various network shows. I think more public access type shows will spring up... think Wayne's World with less brains.

Gabe Browning said...

A note to add, today I was sitting in on a briefing from the Secretary of the Air Force. He commented on how in the past 17 yrs the Air Force has gone from a predominantly Air and Space Power to now include the cyberspace portion. He related how every corner of the Air Force is touched by IT services. I thought that to be interesting.

Some of you may know that the Air Force was the first to fund research for what has now become the internet. And now we use the UAVs, now somtimes referred to as RPA (Remotely Piloted Aircraft). I wonder if that will make its way to the civilian sector and commercial travel?

pmm46 McDaniel said...

If the paper disappeared by 2050, what would old men look forward to on Saturday mornings at incredibly gross diners or breakfast buffets? What would kids do without the excitement of seeing their blurry faces posted on page "Q12" in a pointless article entitled, "Kids Get Out for Summer"? What would fathers use to light fires in the winter? The way we receive our news may change, but people will still want to know what is going on in the world around them.
Maybe people will catch up on the news via internet - if we don't run out of IP addresses by then; maybe they will get iPhones surgically implanted into their brains so all they have to do is blink in order to view the news or roll their eyes in order to advance to the next screen; maybe people will sit and look at the news on the latest creation from Gateway Computers - who everyone thought went out of business, but actually rose above Macintosh in the 40's (2040's) because of their invention of the HoverComm. It has the communication abilities of an iPhone, the tablet design of an iPad, but also includes a hover board application, microwave capabilities, and acts as a lunch box - the garbage from your lunch also keeps the flux capacitor charged so that you never have to worry with cords.
Who really knows what the future will bring for media outlets such as the newspaper, radio, or even current media staples such as television. I think that forty years is too soon for the death of the newspaper - I feel like it still has quite a life to live. Radio may die off as well, but just like the paper I think there are many more years of tuning in before it finally kicks the bucket. As for television...well, it just got started! The introduction of the 3D television will greatly increase America's favorite pastime; plus, they still have to find a way to do it without the glasses!
The best things of today may not last forever, but it's all about the money. And, until these things stop raking it in they will continue to be used.

Devonte Gardner said...

The newspaper industry is not doing well right now, but it could be worse. It was pointed out to me by a local editor that the worse thing newspapers have ever done is put their information online. The problem there is anyone can go online and view content for free without contributing to the organization. I recently interviewed a local journalist and he said his organization utilizes the Internet, particularly facebook, in breaking news and competing with broadcasting. To offset some of the money lost through offering information online, the journalist said he withholds some articles from being offered for free. For instance, he doesn't post the local arrest record online every day; he waits until the end of the week. If someone wants to know who was arrested in town before the end of the week, they'll have to buy a newspaper.

I think newspapers have to dedicate more space to advertisement, which would bring in more revenue, so they won't have to downsize so often and lay people off. I wouldn't mind writing shorter articles, because I can follow up my stories on the newspaper's website and provide extra info on a personal blog. Advertisements can also be placed in the margins on a website or as pop-ups. And while pop-ups are inconvenient to viewers, they bring in extra revenue.

Both Illegal and legal downloads have adversely affected the music industry. With itunes, customers can purchase one song for a dollar and bypass buying the entire album. Major artists like Rihanna can have the number one song in the country without selling anywhere near a million copies of their albums. Illegal downloads make stealing music easy and anonymous. It's not considered a major crime by most youth. In reality, it has cost the music industry millions of dollars. I don't feel illegal download will go away, because of the constant growth of the Internet. I think the music industry should focus more on releasing singles.

Cornela357 said...

Newpapers have unfortunely met its match. Today's generation is making strides to erase the culture of reading things on paper. Businesses are taking steps to make offices paperless and newpaper offices are closing across the country. Technology has made it quite tempting to forget traditional ways of sharing information and with the world wide web at top performance, I don't see us turning back now. Cellphones have so many gadgets, that sales are driven by what new things can be done on the device other than talk. It's funny to say that a phone's sole purpose is not talking anymore! For people like me, I believe the cell phone provider should cater to phone talkers. I would love to have a plan that kept the monthly rate low, average texting and unlimited talking, or provide rates lower than landline providers and still allow the internet usage to have enough bandwith to supply a wireless network for a household. I believe the current rates for a smartphone are outrageous! And to top it off, the smartplan does not include talking. As for telvision, I do see a movement toward allowing the viewer to select what they want to watch. NetFlix has begun this trend and cable/satellite providers ust learn to follow suit. The undiscussed flaw with this movement is cyber protection and education. Relying on technology without the good old fashioned paper hardcopy is very dangerous. Our society is not equipped with the knowledge to protect against unseen enemies. Viruses are created every hour of every day. Long time ago we had to worry about moths and termites, now we have "worms". A can of Raid is all you needed, now you need constant protection or a new costly hard drive. In my opinion, all of this technology is "cute", if the cyberworld would crash for 5 minutes, we all would be lost. And even worse, we could text 911.

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Kevin M Romero said...

My local newspaper has actually shrunk in size and stopped producing a Saturday paper. I find myself going to the internet to find the most up to date news, even from my own local paper. I believe that newspapers will become extinct by 2050. I think they will continue online with a subscription fee.

I believe that many hardcover books will have the same fate. When my daughter received her textbook from school last year it came with a CD ROM that contained all the contents of the book and some extra practice work. She would actually read her chapters from the PC instead of her hardcover book. If the 15 year olds are doing that now, in 40 years what will they be reading from.

I cannot remember the last time I purchased a CD from a music store. Most of my music is bought online or I borrow a CD from a friend and rip it to my PC and sync it to my MP3 player (phone). I believe that most music sales will be online sales very soon.

Cell phones technology is moving so quickly that it makes me wonder what we will be using them for in just 10 years from now. I can remember when my 1st daughter was born, I carried one of those bag phones with me almost everywhere just incase my wife needed me. Now my phone can do more things than I can even imagine. My wife's phone even has Internet TV built in. I belive that our cell phones will quickly become even more PC like and eventually take over for a PC.

I am a big fan of the radio and could not imagine not listening to it for the latest music and news. My daughter on the other had never listen's to the radio. She plugs her IPod in to her car and off she goes. My wife borrowed her IPod the other day and she said she could not leave without it because the regular radio bothers her, I think this is part of the on-demand generation.

I believe Television will continue on the rate it is going. Lots of the same crap on hundreds of stations. I believe that our Televisions will continue to progress like one of the other bloggers said, "we will oneday have a hologram in our rooms."
Kevin M Romero

glenda kees said...

Newspapers might be extinct by 2050 because there are less of them today. The newspapers are online and you also can get any news you need online or electronically. It probably will require less people to work to produce a newspaper the way things are changing these days.

Cell phone are constantly changing everyday and you can do almost anything on them, some things such as check email, go online, text, talk, plus a variety of other things. Cell phones are making house phone obsolete because most people who have cell phones have gotten rid of their house phone or are getting rid of them.

As far as radio I don’t see it going off the air but it is available to listen to besides on just the radio. You can listen on cell phones, mp3 players and on the internet just to name a few. The radio is more accessible from anywhere in the world on portable devices.

Television has really changed because now you can only buy the flat panel televisions. The old televisions will not work unless you have cable or purchased a converter box. Stores do not carry the old televisions anymore because technology has changed so much they are obsolete.

The future is, everything will be electronic and a lot of the things that are used today will definitely change. Everything mentioned above will constantly change. So, we will just have to keep learning the new things because that is the future.

Scott Stewart said...

I think cell phones will continue to become more important in peoples lives. Technology will keep improving and you will be able to have an iphone sized phone contain all the hardware and functionality of what the laptops now contain. People will be carrying around the personal computer in their pocket, along with their cell phone. All you are going to have to do is plug your phone into a tv or monitor adaptor to use it on a larger screen.

I do think the printed newspaper is going to be an endangered species by the year 2050. I think they will still have a place on the internet, but will all but be gone from newsstands (I guess there won't be newsstands then!). I think it will take longer for actual, physical books to disappear, and they probably never will. I like having a book in my hands too much to get a kindle or ipad. It's going to take a few more generations before the wireless book is the standard and the physical book is the exception.

I think radio will stick around. At least talk radio. I think there will be some kind of DVR type program that will be able to record the shows that people like and offer the ability to fast forward and rewind their favorite radio programs.

Are we going to turn into the people that were portrayed in Wally? It might get that way with our virtual worlds! Let's hope it doesn't get that far.

Joy said...

I think we are headed in the directions of 100 percent connectivity 100 percent of the time. New technology is taking us is to a more On Demand society. We, as consumers, want information when we want it and how we want it. I think as the younger generations continue to their adulthood they will desire that more and more. Because of this, I think media outlets will become more and more ondemand. TV's as we know them will become obsolete. I think we will watch TV's from monitors and download TV shows as opposed to having regularly scheduled programs.
Radio will head in the same direction. People will have the ability to select the style and types of songs they want to listen to; radios will begin to be as smart as our TV's are now, finding patterns in the music we listen to and recording those songs then playing them back to us as we drive down the road.
I think our cell phones will become our computers. No longer will we need laptops, all of the information we need to do our jobs and manage our lives will be on our phones.
The downside to all of this is that we will be connected 100 percent of the time. It will be very difficult to get away. Vacations that are truly vacations will become practically non-existent as we will be addicted to our connectivity. I think I want to move to Mars!

Angela Williams said...

I think media in the future is just going to keep growing, and it is going to keep getting more advanced and more technical. Cell phones are never going to grow old. There's no telling what we will be able to do with a cell phone in the future. There is already so much you can do with them now, and so many people depend on them. How many people do you see driving down the road, shopping in a mall, etc. talking on their cell phones. I don't see them going anywhere. Engineers are just going to keep adding to the already advanced technology of cell phones. I see where newspapers may go out of business. So many people now, like I do, go online and read the newspaper. They may have where you can subscribe to the newspaper online rather than have a person deliver the paper. I don't see either TV or radio going anywhere anytime soon. Those are the world's biggest way of advertising, and I just don't see it going anywhere anytime soon. How is the public going to be informed on what is going on in the world if they don't use radio or TV? I love the computer. I love and have gotten accustomed to, for example, paying my bills online. I have gotten so spoiled to that. I can't tell you when I have mailed a bill. It wouldn't bother me at all if everything went electronic. This reduces the paper that you have to handle and cuts down on so much clutter.

ChandraWalker said...

I'm actually scared for the future of media. I feel that the more technology driven our society becomes the more we lose the original human element. I'm already frustrated by receiving birtday wishes via text messages or facebook versus an actual phone call. I do believe that print newspapers will eventually succumb to the electronically driven world. Of course they can still stay afloat by online subscriptions. But the pastime of sunday morning papers and coffee has turned into Laptops, coffe drinks and Tivo.
Radio stations will be ran from home.There will be no need for artists to make early morning appearances or call in request. All of this will be done via internet by way of Skype and Twitter.Television content will probably become more outrageous and kindergarteners will be able to explain the birds and the bees without references to birds or bees.All I know is that I can only start with me. I try not to depend on technology too much or become obsessed with my phone and other gadgets.I will also try to do the same for my future children.

S.Webb said...

When discussing the advancement of technology in the future, English physicist and science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke once said, “The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.” I think this one quote sums up the answer to this week’s blog question most appropriately. At this point, who really knows what the outcome of technology will be in the future? I am in my mid-twenties, and with the rapid progression of technological advances that have transpired in my short lifetime – just a little more than half of the 40 years that must progress before 2050 – it is hard to even make predictions about what unimaginable and amazing capacities technology will surely hold by 2050.

While I do think that the number of newspapers in circulation as well as the frequency of distribution will most certainly decrease over the next 40 years, I believe we will still see some form of the traditional paper newspaper still available in 2050, even if it is just a Sunday edition put out by a newspaper with state-wide or national coverage. This being said, I definitely believe we will move much more in the direction of online news because of the technologies that are currently available (and the technologies that will become available in the future) to make online news easily accessible. Smart phones, laptops, netbooks, 3G, 4G, electronic reading devices, and the like bring consumers almost instant access to the Internet and electronic news and media forms.

I predict that our current technology with cell phones, radio, and television will become extinct within the next 5-10 years and will be completely replaced by technology that is much more advanced. It is difficult to stay abreast of changing technology as it is, but I estimate that this will become even more difficult in the future, as technology with these devices grow and change even more rapidly. I foresee cell phones and televisions becoming much more interactive and personalized for the individual user. There may even become a way to implant a microchip inside the user so that the devices can be controlled with thoughts. Radio will likely change as well. While I do not expect radio as we know it to become totally extinct by 2050, I do believe we will see a greater shift toward satellite radio and other vast radio broadcast technologies that I am sure will become available in years to come.

From where we are standing now, it is almost impossible to imagine the ways that technology will change in the next four decades and what the future holds for the consumers of technology. I am going to agree with Arthur Clarke and say that anything is possible. It will be interesting to sit back and watch the changes that take place as new advances in technology unfold in the coming years.

Kim Long said...

I do believe that news papers as well as magazines will soon become extinct. Who is going to contiune buying them, when you can read them for free anytime online?
As for radio, I do not think it is going to just "disappear", but become more developed with the XM satellite radio and sirius radio.

Cell phones however, I think are just going to get more technical and bigger and better in the years to come. When I got my first phone, it was only for calling. Now, we can do almost anything with a cell phone, that most people do not have home phones, home internet access, etc... I think by 2050, we will be able to do everything with the click of a button on our cell phone. My one complaint about all of this, is I am the person that still has her home phone and would rather be on it. I do not have the fancy cell phones, just the basics needed for talking and texting. I wish companies would come up with something that would be a simple plan for people like me that just want talk and text, instead of having a $100 a month cell phone bill.
As for cable and TV, I find myself paying $85 a month for channels that I do not watch half the time, just so my daughter can have her cartoon channels she likes. I would love to see them develop some kind of program that allows you to choose what channels you want, and then develop you a package from there.

Kate said...

The future of media, thanks to technology, is endless. Cell phones will get smarter and smaller, and more all-in-one. I don't think they'll ever be able to totally eliminate computers, but I think they'll be more and more integrated into the computer world.

Radio won't go away completely, but I think radio stations will focus more on localized programming, allowing for satellite radio to focus on the more specialized programming for subscribers. There may be fewer stations, but radio is an important communication tool.

Television will continue to inform and entertain viewers. There is never a lack of content for companies to create, whether we want to watch it or not. TV will probably become more integrated with the Internet. TV shows are already creating post-show web-only content. But, there are technologies that are a far from dead in regards to television, such as TV's and cable broadcasting.

Ageyer said...

Newspapers are already dead. I think they will be extinct long before 2050. Information moves at the speed of light. Any news that is in print is old news. The biggest thing that will happen next is all media will be digitized and available on demand. This entertainment will be accessible through any device that can receive an internet signal. Books, video games, movies, music and all informational articles will be accessible anywhere at any time. Mobile devices will be the hardware of choice that will connect the world, because they are affordable. Video rental stores and bookstores will also face extinction, unless they move online to an on demand, download business model. Television will continue to evolve to offer all visual media through more of an on demand approach. Tivo has changed how advertisers reach viewers. Most people skip through commercials while watching television. This will make the advertisers move most of their advertising to the internet and radio. The future to me looks exciting. Making more information, entertainment and technology available and accessible will make our lives more convenient.

-Aaron Geyer

Chintan Desai said...

Technology and media go hand in hand. Technology develops at a rapid pace, and media is along for the ride.

Cell phone development has seen the biggest change within the last 5 years. I remember when the Motorola Razr was released. The cost of the phone was $500. At that time, we did not expect cell phones to get any better, but cell phones did get better and more efficient.

I think the next, big step for cell phones will deal with electronic media. Electronic media has been integrated into cell phones today, but it is still not reliable. I see in the near future where all media interaction will be integrated into cell phones. We will no longer be limited to our personal electronic media inside our home. All media will be able to be transmitted to our cell phone, and it will allow us to access the personal electronic media we have in our home in our travels.

I don't see radio being phased out anytime soon. Satellite radio will keep this type of media relevant in our world. Television will see a big change in a couple of years. Internet is being integrated into television as we speak. I see the internet as the new provider of television programming while cable providers will suffer a major setback with the new process.

The outlook for the future of media is good but not great. I see print media being obsolete within the next two decades making electronic media the choice of consumers.