A lot comes to mind when I think about where media is heading in this day and age. Mostly, I think of the immediacy of it. We instantly push out news from our mobile devices on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat, etc.
Our phones are essentially pocket televisions. Unless you specifically don’t own a smart device, it’s hard not to be ‘plugged in’ to the world’s media grasp.
With the extremely high number of ways to tap into media, sources of news content, and entertainment, it’s hard to know what’s truly credible. It’s easy to push out ‘fake news’ or ‘alternative facts’ and reach/influence a gullible, media-consuming target audience. In a lot of ways, today’s media is a virus, and it’s always evolving.
Our individual beliefs seem to erode more and more and become muddled, as everyone’s worldview is now accepted truth. Everyone’s right. We seem to be teetering on the edge of a post-neomodernism brave new world of media.
I’m obviously no expert on the matter, but I predict media will eventually fall from its golden mantle it has so often sat comfortably on. If we’re actively questioning everything that is being thrown at us, we’ll be less susceptible to false information and better off. A lot of media we consume is utter garbage and purely opinion.
Black Mirror on Netflix gives great, eerie insights into what technology and media may become in the future (especially in its social-media episode in season three).