I was in awe…whether it’s a good awe, or a bad awe, is up for debate, but I was in awe nonetheless.
In the year 2014 the New York times has gone offline.
The Fourth Estate’s fortunes have waned.
What happened to the news?
And what is EPIC?
The video, made by Robin Sloan and Matt Thompson for the Museum of Media History, is described as a movie set in 2014 (now 2015) that goes through the history of the Internet, the evolution of digital media and how newspapers and other similar mediums were/are affected by the growth of online news (or what I would also consider the iReport and social media.)
The video is notable for coining the term, “Googlezon,” which is a future merger between Google and Amazon to form the Google Grid. The Google Grid is an information system that knows about everything and everyone, better than they probably know themselves.
EPIC 2015 also hints that the New York Times will become a print only newspaper in the future for the elite because of EPIC (Evolving Personalized Information Construct.)
Although a flash animation and very Dystopian in nature, I love it! This is probably because I am fascinated by dystopian things and one of my favourite books is Brave New World. But still, wow.
The video speaks an ample amount about the way society interacts with technology. These are things we can even see today.
I also, really love the nod to Charles Dickens and one of my favourite lines from literature…ever. From A Tales of Two Cities:-
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way.”
I did some digging around and I found another video that is along the same lines of this one called “Prometeus – the Media Revolution.” This one is supposed to reflect the future from 2051.
Very interesting isn’t it?
Experience is the new reality.
The video’s information:-
Voice: Philip K. Dick Avatar.
Date: 6th April 2051
Cassaleggio, who is responsible for “The Media Revolution,” you see above, also did another thought-provoking video called “The Future of Politics,” if you are interested.
**Special thanks to my cousin Billy for sending me the highly thought-provoking GoogleZon video.**
Sasha Muradali runs the â€˜Little Pink Bookâ€™ . She holds a B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida (â€™07) and an M.A. in International Administration from the University of Miami(â€™08). She loves Twitter and all things social media, so you should find her @SashaHalima or get a copy of the â€˜Little Pink Bookâ€™ delivered to your Kindle.