Tuesday, May 19, 2009

House of M: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?

There has been a lot of talk about the 'new media'.

Including from my end.

Does anyone possess any answers? Does anyone know what the future of the media will look like? For show?!

Nope. I don't know. You don't know. No one knows. Only God knows. And people who say they know, for SHOW! are just like those people who say that they know - for SHOW! - what happens after we die.

Nobody knows, because no one has mental powers we don't. None of us has bigger brains.

These are the cold hard facts, as everything else is pure speculation:

1. Change is coming

The world keeps on changing. Every day, every hour, every second. Nothing new here.

It is neither good nor bad. It just is. We would have to adapt to new things sooner or later.

What kind of change? Your guess is as good as mine.

2. High-Speed Broadband is coming

This was announced some months, perhaps years ago.

I heard on the grapevine that Telekom Malaysia already spent in excess of RM2 billion till last year.

The whole thing will cost RM11 billion or thereabouts.

TM has to, because their stupid land-line business is failing. Mobile service providers have more or less neutralised their monopoly on the market, which is good. I hate monopolies.


One of the things we will see in the very near future (as near as 2012) is the proliferation of more TV stations. MOAR!

TM has to recoup their investments someway or another, and one of their multi-pronged strategy could very well be IPTV.

What is IPTV?

Well, basically streaming TV. Like Realplayer in the late 80s and early 90s? Yes, but on steroids. You download the content to a set-top box and then you play it.

And because it is sent via fibre-optics, it will not, in theory, suffer any bad signal or disruption of service. IN THEORY.

This opens the door for personalised, fully-customisable content. Content that follows the viewers' tastes and schedules. IF done properly.

Also, there were rumblings for quite some time now that the Information Ministry will ensure that we have 19 free-to-air terrestrial channels by 2012, including the six channels we currently have on VHF and UHF.

This was supposed to be one of the new PM's pet projects. I heard some will be in HD. High Definition.

Will all these come to fruition? I don't know. These are just rumours, and after keeping my mouth shout for a few years, everybody's talking about it now. So this is NOTHING new.

4. Gadgets will change the world

I read about Blackberrys a number of years ago, in a Time magazine piece. It was revolutionary then. It was expensive. Not anymore. I got mine for RM800. The Bold, is rumoured to retail at RM1,800 soon, if not now. It used to be RM2,500.

Iphone is here.

And pretty soon, there will be answers from all accross the board. Windows might jump in. They did with Xbox. And maybe Google as well. Who knows?

I bought a Netbook - a revolutionary laptop (revolutionary in that it's cheap and doesn't have a CD or DVD disk drive) that costs RM1,500. The cheapest I could find was RM600. Want an even better deal? How about paying RM100++ a month for a broadband service AND get a laptop like mine for FREE(not really, but hey, RM100++)? These offers are available at some shops already.

Crazy, man. Subscribe to an Internet service and get a free laptop. Pretty soon, laptops might be door gifts.

With HSBB and all this bullshit, gadgets will keep up - fast. The engineers learned quickly from all their bullshit before that they need to keep up.

5. Jeerawan wearing 'spender beruang'

Oh, man.


6. Individual Revolution

When I first started out with this website, my push was for a more individualistic society. Constant Readers will notice that I have always preached this:

Individuals are smart, intelligent people. People are stupid, herd-like bunch of maggots.

Which I got from Men In Black.

I wanted this world. A world where individuality reigns supreme. Not really, but close enough. There is space for those who created a space for themselves.

People in this country are beginning to get loud and honest about their self-centered bullshit. Admit it. You only care about yourself.

With this shift, we can expect a change in the way they communicate or handle communication.

In the media industry, you have to keep up. Have to be at the bleeding edge, or you get pushed back.

Not to say that old forces are out of the equation. Nope. We still have assholes who want to censor everything. ASSHOLES!

But pretty soon, they will all die, and their sons and daughters, lulled by finger-fucking and IM sex, will suck the wang of a new world order. NWO, yo! The Chronic!

The fuck am I writing?

Oh yeah.

So anyway, I'm being an old codger. I am not being cool at all. I am merely doing what old people did five years ago, when they began to pretend to be clairvoyant.

We shall see what will happen.

As for me? I'm heading out for breakfast.