Tonight, Eric Newton opened my eyes to the future of journalism – to what the world of journalism will be like in 2110. I’m not sure how I feel about the future of journalism – or the future of this planet for that matter, considering the world will be taken over by robots or we will all be living on the planet of Pandora and surrounded by rather large blue people for some ungodly and inexplicable reason.I don’t know how I feel about this.At all…For one, if the world is taken over by robots, or even if we are peaceably coexisting… who would a news organization rather hire? …a human with all of our human problems and unpredictability, or a robot with no feelings and dependability through the roof? (Through the roof.) Also, the robots will probably work for less considering they don’t need to buy the necessities humans need. (Like food, for example.) They have no mouths to feed. They have no bacon to bring home. The alternative isn’t really any better. Pandora, really? I like Earth. Pandora doesn’t really seem like the ideal place to live. I need a Walmart and a Starbucks to thrive. That’s all I ask for, low prices and excellent coffee… and I doubt the blue-skinned, sapient humanoids know how to make good coffee, if coffee even exists on that planet. (No offense to the Na’vi. One love, yo.)And what would I write about on the planet of Pandora? It’s a rather peaceful place, I imagine. (As long as we don’t bulldoze it looking for unobtainium. I mean, really, us?) And I guess I could open the Good News Times, but that’s no fun… I don’t think journalists pray for bad things to happen, but hey, it makes a good story. You never see the headline “NOBODY GOT SHOT IN PHOENIX TODAY” on the cover of the Arizona Republic. I guess I could do an in-depth piece on the “mother goddess,” Eywa… but does ANYONE even know anything about her… besides the fact that she’s a healing tree that’s alive..? No, me either.Well… this is depressing.
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Tonight’s Must-See Monday was presented by Dean Callahan and hosted by Eric Newton. Eric Newton is the Senior Adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Newton discussed four main topics with the audience about the future of news and comparing it to the past. 1. He stated how we are currently living in the digital age and no one can tell how it is going to turn out. 2. Science fiction has a large impact and influence on the society of journalism. 3. Each American generation comes of age as a different news medium is rising. 4. People in their 20s play a key role in inventing new news media. Newton’s presentation went on with slides of the history of how news and technology have simultaneously developed dating back to 1767. It was interesting seeing how he tied The Jetsons having a form of Skype, Star Trek having the first “cell phone” and Space Odyssey having the first “Ipad.” He then proceeded to predict the future of technology as far as 2089 along with “World War 4.0- humans against non-humans.” Not likely, right? According to Newton, “we predict the future based on what we know.” This MSM was very interesting and definitely brought my mind to places I’d never thought of before. To sum up this great discussion, Newton ended with; “To get to this future, someone’s got to shape it, and that person is you. Is that too much to handle? I don’t think so.”
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Today’s Must See Monday featured Eric Newton, and his presentation was about the History of the Future of News: What 1767 Tells Us About 2110. At first, I had no idea what to expect. I was not understanding the title and thought I was not going to enjoy it. I was wrong. All of the information Newton gave us was all in front of our faces the entire time, I just never put two and two together. For example, when Newton presented the pictures about Star Trek and the cell phone, 2001: A Space Odyssey and the iPad, and Skype from the Jetsons, I was in shock that I have never noticed that before. What really impressed me was how he predicted the future from the movies and television shows we have now. It is scary to me that we are expecting to have media implants that will make us humans part of technology. It is frightening! Newton said that at some point in time, people will be able to answer questions after they have passed away. It is overwhelming, but we cannot stop it now. In Newton’s words, “Each American generation comes of age as a different news medium is rising.”
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