FUTURE TELEVISION: HOW TELEVISION HAS CHANGED OVER TIME

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“Where are we going?”


it sure has changed

From when my mother was a child, to me, to now; television has changed a lot over the past 50 years. When my mother was young she said there only a few channels on television because so much was on the radio. But when I became a child, there were well over 100 hundred, plus the emergence of the internet. But today, there is so much programming that we have to catch everything on our phones or tablets. Now, if you missed your favorite show, who cares, you can watch it on your portable device. And that is the full change of television. Which is why purchasing a T.V. is so cheap today.

where are we going

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Imagine a world where no matter where you go, you put on your glasses, press a button, and out pops the screen. You can literally watch a movie that no one else is seeing but you. Your boring subway commute or that long time spent in a traffic jam won’t be so bad after all. Ok, ok, maybe not driving your car unless you’re a passenger, but you get where I’m going. The ability to stay connected might actually boost the ratings for television shows. Because we think a television is an actually product for watching moving images, but television is a telecommunication medium. That is a very wide range of meanings.

impersonal or more personal

People seem to think that there is a lost of connection the more digital we become. When in reality, we are becoming more connected as a species. Especially if the augmented reality and virtual reality starts to get better and better. We will find ourselves in a type of world that we live out our dreams as an escape from the daily grind. We’re always looking fora distraction from the hardships of life. Augmented reality will become a great medium for entertainment, while virtual reality will become a great place for getting away. Imagine a virtual world of lying on the beach. You can take a vacation to a place you might be able to afford, but can enjoy it.


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ATTENTION SPAN: WHY IT’S SO HARD TO FOCUS ON ONE MEDIUM AT A TIME

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“From one device to the next.”


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As I am writing this article about the attention span of people viewing entertainment, I am currently on multiple devices myself. Why is it, that we cannot focus on one thing at a time? Especially when we are watching or listening to something entertaining. Since coming into the computer lab this morning I have been listening to my music, a two radio shows, and scrolling through my Instagram feed.

fighting for sustainability

It used to be in the past you waited all week for a certain television show to come on. Now, once the show goes off, you almost forget about the show until late in the week for the next episode. And with the limited amount of episodes you get in today’s society, I’m surprised anyone has a career in entertainment. Television shows give you about ten to fifteen episodes, then you wait a year for season two.

That can be dangerous because your viewers are inundated with so much media over a year, they tend to forget about your show. Now they have to binge watch to catch up on what’s going on. So, television shows and even movies that are good in quality lose out because they are just not giving the people enough.

giving more

You may have to start giving more to the people so they remember what it is you do. The traditional ten to fifteen episodes of television, and shorter films won’t cut it. You may have to prolong the entertainment, and make each seen worth viewing. Also, give people the ability to jump past advertisers, especially on television.

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Why, well there are so many platforms with this ability already. You can skip past advertisements on YouTube. Or if you can’t, the add is typically shorter, 10 – 15 seconds.

not even past type 1

There is a scale for civilizations called, The Kardashev Scale. And this scale measures the ability of a civilization to communicate based on energy. We are currently a Type 1 civilization. And that’s what’s scary is that we are only Type 1. And the reason being is because you look at the leaps and bounds of man already which is impressive.

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So with that said, what will be the overload of information in the next 100 years, 1000 years, and so on. What today has our attention, that will be seen as slow in the future?


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THE NEW STARTING QB: HOW THE GEEK HAS BECAME GOD

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“Brains over brawn: the new cool.”


Over the recent years, the men and women in the tech space have become these popular individuals with the same sort of following as athletes and entertainers. Who ever would have thought that the once considered geeky kids would grow to be the cool kids in the end. And I don’t mean just cool kids among other middle aged adults, I mean cool to the youth. You look at the popularity of the social media giant Facebook or the young man who create Snapchat, and you start to see how many young males and females want to follow in their footsteps. But you also have these YouTube sensations who are now building their own platforms with millions of followers, generating staggering revenues. These once nerds to the kids in school are now the influences of children that belong to those same popular kids in school. How did this all come to be? When did it all take hold?

Related imageLike I said prior, with the success of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and YouTube, these platform’s owners stepped forward and we realized not only how much we have in common with them, but their age stuck out. You now know that many of these people who started these platforms were in their early to late twenties and are still young today. That youth spurred interest from a younger generation seeking to be great in their career endeavors. Because prior to these companies starting, we looked at business executives as these middle aged, out of touch men. They wore Brooks Brothers suits and seemed disconnected to us. Not anymore, now we see top executive in sweaters, jeans, and sneakers. They are not clean shaven, even some are famous for their beards; a few of them sport tattoos.

Yet, is there still anything else that can explain this phenomenon. And the answer is yes, there are a couple more reasons as to why the interest has been peaked in the tech space. One reason is that there has been an introduction into the tech space from an unlikeliest of places. The music business, but more so hip hop. When hip hop artist and music producer Dr. Dre with his longtime business partner Jimmy Iovine came Image result for beats by dreout with the Beats by Dre headphones, it changed the headset speaker business . Now, headphones were more than just a listening device for music. It was a fashion statement, where some people weren’t even listening to music. They just would wear the headphones over their head like they wore their hats. And considering the popularity of hip hop, Beats became the she she thing to have for anybody who was anybody. And next it entered the pop world once Lady Gaga, a new signed artist from Jimmy Iovine embraced the Beats as well. Beats was so popular, that the NFL banned Beats from after game press conferences because of the NFL’s relationship with BOSE. In addition to the NFL, the Olympic athletes in foreign countries were wearing Beats with their country’s flag on the headphones, sparking criticism over athletes not wearing apparel that represented their own nations.

That is the popularity side of the tech world, but what about the money. You started seeing young people in their twenties and early thirties becoming millionaires and even a few billionaires from these various startup companies. Which is also an attractive aspect of the tech world. Not just with tech startups, young people like YouTube sensation Pewdiepie became a millionaire from playing video games. He would play and over time he built an audience becaus of his reactions to the game play. Now what kid is not going to be enamored with this form of generating income.

In the end, this is not some trend that will slow down anytime soon. We look at a generation and say that the youth of today are babies. We are the “me generation” who want things handed to us. But we are also the generation that have caught the tech bug like none other. We are creating content that is generating billions of dollars, and that peak in interest could drive innovation in America for years to come. And what’s even more interesting, the once executives of the pat who seemed out of touch to us, are today executives we connect to and seek to become in life.


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THE GREAT DIVIDE: WHY AMERICA IS SEEING A SEPARATION OF REGIONS

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Since President Trump’s presidential election, we have noticed a great divide among regions in the United States. There is the massive region of the country where ever you come from: Midwest, The South, Northeast, and West. Then there is the major metropolitan places where people live as well versus the small cities and rural towns. And it has become the battle of those that want to move forward, versus those that want things to go back in history. The problem is, is that we have always progressed forward as a human species. And technological advancement has pushed that initiative. So you can’t go back once technology takes hold because it makes life more effective. Well, what has caused the disconnect?

A lot of changes have been to the fact that jobs are not in the form that once were in America. For the greater part of the past 100 years, the
industrialization of America kept this country going strong. But with the car, car door, factoryadvent of technological innovation, it has placed so much of the industrialization on the back burner. Mass production of goods have
become cost effective and more efficient through the use of more complex machinery than manpower. Why pay hundreds of workers $25 plus an hour, when you can hire one or two engineers to keep the machine on point. In a business sense, there is more money to be made, with less input. But this is nothing new to society.

People are angry, yet we have always shifted the way business is conducted agriculture, children, cropdue to technology. The cotton gin instead of manpower, the combine, instead of mule pullers. We never look at previous people and say, “Let’s go back to that; ” we want what we want. But to get what we want, someone else was hurt for us to get it. We don’t care, just build something for Green Tractorme in the now. I don’t care if a mule puller could not keep up with the combine. Then you shouldn’t care if the combine can’t keep up with the latest form of technology. You have to learn to shift with this new global marketplace, or get left behind.

Yet, it’s not just the job situation that has people divided. What about the introduction of so many new immigrants? Immigrants are better suited to sustain in this country because they are less politically driven. Meaning, they teach their kids more so about prospering while we all wait for a political leader. People are waiting for Trump, whose not going to do it; Related imageHilary, who wasn’t going to do it for them. Meanwhile, immigrants are wining in the medical field, engineering, education, law, etc. They are not waiting for someone else to make their lives better. They are staking their own claim, while people who have been here in this country hold their breathe and wait. Wait for something, that actually won’t formulate no matter who is president.

And where is a lot of the push back coming from to not move toward a more technologically advanced society: small cities and rural towns. Then you have the flip side, those who are hoping advancements such as AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality) takes hold: large metropolitan cities. The more advancements will always win simply because you have to Bird's Eye View of Intersection and Overpasses during Daytimecompete globally. And you ask why? Well because, raw materials used to produce anything we need in society will become easier for people outside of us to purchase if we go backward. And our infrastructure will fail. For example, if I am in the business of steel, and can sell steel to China with more profit than the United States, we lose are ability to produce anything that requires steel. And if we do purchase, we get into bidding wars with other countries.

You see, in the end, it even Trump’s plan of bringing jobs back from overseas. It’s not possible, not because it’s not physically possible. It’s not possible because it would require spending more on products to be made here than if they are made overseas. Meaning more money out the pockets of people already struggling with current prices. Meaning, if I am China, India, Russia, or any other country looking to gain an advantage over America, I can now really compete in industry against the U.S.A. Further 4th of july, america, flagmeaning, offering that the same product you want in America cheaper overseas, and maybe even better quality. Meaning, if I only have $20 to spend, and something cost $25 here, but that exact product is $5 outside America, I’m buying $5. And spend that other $15 on something else. Global economies are so broken down, so complex, even Trump’s allies would shoot it down. Meaning, adjusting to new forms of business because society is not going back.


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MOVING FORWARD: THE FUTURE OF AMERICA

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“Where are we going to go from here?”


Since Donald Trump walked into the White House, his supporters have all been waiting to see what decision he will make regarding employment in America. He has promised to open the factory doors of America and make products here in this country. A lot of our goods in America are made in China, a move that has cost a lot of Americans jobs over the past few decades. So the question remains, how does he plan on doing this in a society where automation is replacing manpower? And where should we move from here since the factories may not be coming back?

In the United States, for decades, this country made and bought within goods and services. But over the past few decades there has been a sharp decline. Jobs, mainly factory work, has been moved overseas to places like Mexico, India, and China. The cost to the organization is cheaper and the good is cheaper for us to pay for in the stores. Making the product here would drive the cost up because the organization must cover the cost of labor. The raw materials to make the good is cheap as well as the production. But the people working is what brings the expenses up. So people want these low prices, but want jobs here.

Now we move to Donald Trump coming into power. A man who has been criticized for his language. Yet I want to see how he manages to bring those jobs back. Better yet, why are we still focused on being an industrialized nation when the future of society is computer engineering. Everything is falling into the tech space. Whereas few people in the past were becoming engineers, now everyone is moving into the tech space. Especially in the recent years, considering so many young people have become billionaires from the ideas they have created.  It’s no wonder so many people are joining in. Yet the American workers feel this new technology could prove disastrous for them. But this isn’t anything new, we have always moved groups of people aside via technological innovation.

Back in the early 1900’s, mule pulling was a way of farming. Do you know how many people lost out once the combine was invented? Where is the sympathy to all these mule pullers. You don’t care because no one wants to pull a mule through the fields. And don’t forget all these public libraries closing because people are using the internet. We as a society have always innovated, but now that the generation who benefited from someone else hurting, is now complaining. This will also happen with my age group. Because we can’t keep a society one way for an eternity.  We have to continue to innovate, if not we lose to other nations that will.

In the end, we have and will always move forward with technology. And with that move, people will lose out, and others will adjust. You have to be willing to roll with the punches. Get on the bus, or risk getting left behind. Because America is not, and can’t afford to go back in time. This nations has to compete on a global scale, so if the new standard is tech, then it’s tech we must learn. Grow as a nation or die out as one of the world’s last dynasties.