Living in the Future

Friday, May 29, 2009


A local TV news segment from 1981 resurfaced on YouTube recently. It examines a promising new prospect: getting newspaper content through the home computer. Bob reflects on how this quarter-century-old news spot was eerily prescient.

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Remarkably, there is an even earlier and more precise prognostication, from 1979, in which science fiction writer Jerry Pournelle (with support from vitamin enthusiast Durk Pearson) predicts much of this, starting with the Internet first coming in over phone lines, then via fiber optics, delivering user-selected books and newspapers into a device with a screen the size of a book, and the ongoing shrinking of computers.

(In case that link is broken:

Note the host smokes on the air -- bizarre.

Jun. 02 2009 10:35 AM
Trudy Beaulieu from Philadelphia

I love love media .. including the paper

Over the years as the level of reading challenges have declined .. I find it annoying.

As the stories are reprinted over and over as filler .. I find it annoying.

What I find most annoying is when I am reading a story .. I get to the end ... not .. as it ends with .. read the complete text on the web at .....

The newspaper industry is not dying a natural death.
It is committing suicide.

Would it not make financial sense to offer tidbits online with the full text in the actual newspaper ???

Where is the information needed to make an informed vote. Why is there nothing .. so I can easily mark my voting choices on and carry into the booth with me.

My local paper advertised on huge billboards how much money I can save with the coupons on processed foods.
What about how much I can save and what better choices I can make for myself my family and my community by being better informed.

Where is the real value ???

Money has helped in destroying newspapers as editors and accountants cave to the bend of advertisers.


May. 31 2009 12:16 PM

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