And now we have come to the end.
What did we learn, what does it mean and where do we go from here?
I learned about a bunch of things I hadn’t heard of before which is surprising as I keep up on the tech industry more than the average bear who reads Huffpo. So let’s go in order that was specified on the assignment page, the order will be:
- Theoretical approach
- Social Issue
First off I want to merge the first two. The theoretical approach I enjoyed learning the most is also linked into a trend I see growing within the world of Tech and media. The Longtail theory shows that the further along we go with tech and media the more spread out the whole things gets. So there will be fewer and fewer bits of tech that will be adopted by EVERYONE and more tech that will be for smaller niche parts of the community. I think we will see more and more of this specifically in the world of media. I can see a future where the amount of “stars” in media is very small but there are more people just making a living. As viewership numbers continue to fall downward and our attention gets pulled in even more directions productions will have their budgets shrunk further and further to the point that people working in media will get paid more like the common worker and less like Robert Downey Jr..
Thinking of policy I can land on only one and that’s because the entire internet is screaming about it. Net Neutrality will be the policy fight in tech for the next five to ten years. As the fed’s law goes into effect there are a rush of states pushing back and banning Net Neutrality in their own backyards. The thing that scares me will be the parts of this we don’t know about. There have been things done in this country to systematically hold certain people down and NN feels like the newest tool for the evil shadow people.
The social issue that will be the focus of our future is one we’re currently realizing is a big problem. Data. Businesses have been talking about mining it for years and now they are and they are doing more of it than we thought was possible. People giving up their personal data has been a slippery slope in this country for decades and with each terrible rock-slide we as Americans seem to get a little made at first then shrug our shoulders mutter something about safety and let it happen. It’s almost amazing that we are surprised anymore when we find out that Facebook, or Google, or our own government has way more of our personal data than we want them to (or is legal) and they are using it to further their own ends. Eventually this situation has to hit critical mass and when it does I think one of two things will happen, either there will be a mass revolt or a mass acceptance of permanent loss of privacy. We will either all go back to not knowing anything about each other at all or there will be public databases where anyone can see every single moment of our lives collected on video and streamable to your device in dazzling 8k resolution.
Over I think this was a great class and I am glad that it is on the list of classes I had to take. I enjoyed working on my project and even though the class didn’t think it was worthy of moving forward I actually think it had the chance to be one of the most profitable concepts moving forward.