The Nobel Prize winners this year are being honored for their work on fiber optic (which made possible data transmission across the globe) and digital photography (pixel-driven process).
Put the two inventions together with the rise of crowdsourcing, we got the phenomenon of iPhoto, Flicker etc..
I am sure Facebook and Match.com are direct beneficiaries of photo sharing across the continents.
I packed away my fax machine last year, and haven’t missed it a bit.
Who needs those grainy black and white copies when one can transmit via the Internet color photos?
Among the ten magazines that got shut down this month were Nick and Nick Jr magazines.
I am sure kids can go directly to Nick’s web sites, search and siege, then share files with peers on Facebook or Instagram.
Glossy magazines for all segmented markets were early beneficiaries of Gutenberg mass printing. Now, print medium starts retreating while photo sharing and amateur photography dominates the world-wide web.
Human resource experts are predicting the coming public acceptance of video CV.
And Google Video followed right behind.
All due to fiber optic (dark and lit) applications.
A pixel here and a pixel there, all of the sudden, we found ourselves living in a whole new society, more visual and global.
The veil has been lifted. And there is no turning back. Gone were the days when the husband’s first glimpse of his bride is on their wedding day. Or an employer with his/her new hire.
I remember broadcasters always asked for demo tapes when recruiting newscasters. Today, perhaps those ads would say ” please send us your web links”. And the response would be equally fast.
Viva la broadband!