Media Access for the Next Generation (1)

Media Access for the Next Generation:
    1. Introduction
    2. Immediate Access
    3. Localized Storage
    4. Subscription Services

This series is in response to a comment made by Kathryn on the 5/31 post Buying Music the Old Way. In that post I shared about rummaging through old record stores and even traveling into Canada to track down certain music when I was in college. Kathryn commented:

What does the next generation have that can compare to that? The only thing I really have to look for are sales. I do most of my shopping online now because it’s so much easier. I’ve never had that quest for music experience. This posting makes me question: What will my kids take for granted that takes me time now?

I have some thoughts on how things will be different for the next generation as far as media access, and I would like to spend some time this week reflecting on that. Tomorrow’s post will pick up on the one major difference that will drive the rest – immediate access to the internet at all times and in all places.

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Links to other posts in the series:   Part 1,   Part 2,   Part 3,   Part 4


  1. Sharon Gamble says:

    I don’t know what will change, but I will tell you what I hope doesn’t change — curling up on the couch or stretching out in a hammock with a good book. You just can’t curl up with a computer quite the same way…or will they make book-like, cozy computers? Now there’s a thought…

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    That’s what I would like. A book-sized access device with a touch screen for underlining or highlighting as you go. I figure I only look at one page at a time anyways! It would be a whole lot easier than carrying a stack of books around with me all the time, too.

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