A World Without Mass Media

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if we woke up tomorrow morning and there were no newspapers, televisions, radios or … computers?! What a terrifying thing to imagine, isn’t it?!

I recently read an article by David Schneiderman entitled, “A World Without Newspapers,” in which he recollects a 1984 scenario where Rupert Murdoch, quite prematurely, thought he could predict the future by hypothesizing that physical newspapers were going to be replaced by a smoother electronic version. Easily, he succeeded in coercing a band of publishers and editors into thinking that they were living in the last days of print news. Thankfully! He couldn’t have been more incorrect!

Today, over twenty-five decades later, we’ve seen a rapid rise in the use of web journalism. With an equal percentage of news being found and accessed online. Back in 1984, I’m sure Murdoch never would have envisaged the competitor of print news to be social media, as largely it is today. After all, the only challenge to the newspaper, came with the introduction of the radio and television. It makes me wonder, have we reached our developmental limit? Or is there something bigger than social media out there?

It takes me back to movies like, The Matrix and Deja Vu with Denzel Washington, films rated as “Science Fiction,” which contain such real-life visual effects – like computers being projected on tables and even randomly into air.

Thus far CNN has seemingly made the greatest advancement into the technological era, after making waves during the 2008 U.S. elections by incorporating three-dimensional holograms into its coverage, and I mustn’t forget, the phenomenal “Magic Wall“.

Who knows, perhaps in the next decade we will be purchasing newspaper holograms or downloading news via 3D glasses or digital chips with wall projection. Peep the Microsoft Surface & SixthSense – the wearable gestural interface…

Microsoft Surface

Sixth Sense Computer

Whatever it is, I sure hope I’m around for it!

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