I’ve realized things have changed lately.
I spent a week-end without internet. Life is not really the same.
Social networks such as facebook help you keep in touch with people. They help you spot the current trends. You are part of a community. You can send someone a gift for free, and people love the attention. It’s cheaper than postcards or flowers.
I couldn’t stand TV any more. I couldn’t get the responsiveness, the interaction I had with internet. I could go in a Web drifting frenzy. If I wanted to know about a subject, I just had Google. Then hyperlinks. Or if anything had changed, I could check my RSS.
I knew nothing about “heelies“. In two hours, I knew everything about it and had the tips to perform the deadliest tricks that I could see on Youtube… and I was on the verge of buying them… But then my attention shifted to what Web 3.0 could be.
When you are on internet, you can surf on the flow of information. You can get anything you want if you focus enough.
TV is static, limited channels and it doesn’t adapt to your attention span. And what if I did not catch the beginning of the show?
TV will definitely change. Added value can come from an enriched experience, such as 3D, smell, videogames, but sooner or later, media will merge into one medium.
This media convergence is a powerful learning enabler, and new generations will need to know how to access information and synthetize it in a meaningful way.
I guess my cell phone will make coffee in 2010.