Jan 9, 2008

The New Era

I think we're approaching some strange age in the coming months.

Over the next 24 months, everything we see and realize as the world will be gone, replaced with something exciting, confusing, and entertaining. Media as the world knows it will be a thing of the past. Television, as we, our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great grandparents knew it, is history in 2009, replaced by some digital device that'll look pretty and add more places for infomercials because network execs are idiots.

Well, they are.

98% of entertainment executives are clueless morons trying to find the next great fad rather than creating something that'll last longer than they do. They'll spend and spend, but 98% of what they'll make will end up being not worth making. The traditional studio system is on the outs because those in power are becoming greedy and stupid. And you know what? The producers have nobody to blame but themselves. And the people, their consumers, aren't even on their side anymore.

We've become an age of pod people, with our ears connected by white wires to a small device in our pockets. We're connected to music or something relatively resembling music and portable videos. Now, you can see amateur performers acting foolish on the go.

It's not a pessimistic era we're about to enter, but rather, a bright era. We have the capacity to entertain ourselves, whether it's creating videos, podcasts, blogs, or websites. Talent is flowing within all of us, but only a few dare to create. Tools are becoming cheaper and more availiable to all. I'm not saying anyone can make a broadcast-caliber series, but we're definitely getting close.

It's a new era. A new wave of consciousness is approaching.

Are you ready?


Anonymous said...

From what I read on The X Bridge you seem to be feeling better. And even though you never named names, it was clear who and what you were talking about. I think it's important to remember what we're fighting for and to not get too selfish along the way. I hope you get what I mean.

Daikun said...

You actually make a pretty good point, Jeff. I've grown increasingly weary of TV myself. The networks that were once great are either dead or replacing their formerly awesome programming with second-rate garbage. TV has struck an iceberg and is sinking quickly. The Internet is our new ship.

Anonymous said...

Hey Daikun, would you happen to mean something like an online tv network? If yes, I've been working on something like that. If no, well know you know what I've been up to.

Nelson C. Woodstock said...

Jeff, I'm surprised that you've been silent about the 24/7 Anime Network channel, the network which you ate your hat over, has collapsed and died.

E.A. said...

I'm glad you're still writing Period, Jeff.

You're dead on when you're talking about the Writers' Strike. They know what's on the horizon, and the studios are being asinine--but, even I predicted that behavior long before residuals from the internet ever became a major sticking point. The issue of more money drawn from New Media will not go away magically when this strike settles, because there will be new apps allowing the end user to do more things with the content they download, and thus forth will spring new cottage industries, new revenue streams for the studios that create them. . .and another point in future negotiations that writers will have to fight for. They'll get stiffed again--it'll just depend on the revenue stream.

Animation writers, their time has come to start banding together to negotiate for better terms. They need to see money from New Media as well, and I hope that becomes a more prominent issue in future negotiations.

The old era is ending, Jeff. But not the struggles that we associate with it. The fight still needs to continue.

E.A. said...

That last comment was by me,