Posts tagged ‘technology’
For a century we went to the movies. Now we’re going into them.
Condition One is an embeddable immersive video player that allows you to experience previously recorded video as though you are there as the video is happening. No longer content with some producer’s notion of plot and character; the notions now are all ours. With an iPad app we become a gadgeted auteur: My Life, the Rockumentary.
“Would you have a drink with you?” the Stoli Vodka ad taunts us. “Create your alter-ego at Facebook.com/Stoli.” Alter-egos are all the rage now that 12 million people play World of Warcraft, and 500 million more have a second life on Facebook. Or perhaps, given the mounting evidence of how we are changing our lives, there’s more going on with this alter-egoing than meets the eye, or the I. We are all engaged in massively multiplayer online and offline role-playing. Is it a game, or a ruse resembling a game resembling a life? Whatever is happening as we evolve our identity, our tools and technologies, this is as good a time as any to ask a few questions. The following is an interview of the interviewer. The subject is Metalife. The Stoli’s on us. Both of us.
Do the stories we tell about our communication tools reveal more about our lives than we realize? Do they also show how a Metalife emerges?
The other day as I was softly minding my digi-business, a Tweet from Steve Rubel flashed in the corner of my computer screen via TweetDeck: “Sending this from 35,000 feet in the air.” Later in his trip Steve Rubel Tweeted, “Flying home after a 7-day, 5-city biz trip with just my phone and no computer. I believe I have taken my last trip with a laptop.” Rubel’s Tweets show us a remarkably rapid evolution—instant personal communication from the air while also moving computing from a laptop to an iPhone.