Posted on October 30, 2011
Future televisions will be nothing more than wireless display stations. No longer will they be the control center for our home video entertainment. In a Slave-to-Master role reversal, hand-held units shall become the gateways.
Let met explain.
In the future, we’ll access content on portable devices, such as smartphones and tablet computers, and choose to display programming on whatever screen is spontaneously most convenient. If we’re in a restaurant for lunch, we’ll likely select the smartphone screen. While sitting in a comfortable upholstered chair with a tablet computer, we’ll likely use the tablet screen. But if were in the TV room, we’ll simply instruct the applicable smartphone or tablet computer to display the video on the television screen.
It’s already happening for those with home Wi-Fi networks. Characteristically, Apple is leading the way. Read more…
Posted on October 4, 2011
Mad Men is set in the 1960s at a fictional Manhattan advertising agency. Viewers appear to be attracted by the cultural representations as well as the drama per se. Era-specific news and events are plotted into episodes. Realism is aided by using era-specific media records to exhibit such events. One example is the unexpected murder of Lee Harvey Oswald on live monochrome television. Another is a movie clip from Bye Bye Birdie featuring a youthful Ann Margret at her voluptuous best. Popular books, novels, and rock-music from the 1960s are often included.
For those old enough to remember the sixties such media integration creates a feeling of déjà-vu. It draws us into the show with a powerful gravitational-like attraction to which our consciously unaware. For such viewers Mad Men becomes a recursive experience — like looking at images reflected in two parallel mirrors.
Let me explain. Read more…