April 25, 2007

Divergence: Micromedia vs. High Definition Media

But not everything is converging in the direction of technological singularity, there is also new divergence.

I had noted the divergence of visual vs. audio media, and text-based media vs. AV media.
(These oppositions are intersecting: "Rich Text" is visual, but in a way also digitally stored audio/video files tend to become "text-like" in some ways - browsable, accessable as a file, not just as a time-block ...)

Most notably, micromedia (low definition, small screens, fragmented content, personalized) are diverging from High Definition macromedia (HDTV macro-screens; but also HD Audio - DJ sets for example -, and even "High Definition Print" - more densely written books or journals, as opposed to the casual and fragmentary print media style of newspapers, magazines and "Books On Demand" or "Books of the Season").

Posted by martin at April 25, 2007 3:50 PM
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