Go watch this flash movie right now. (Or the first time you have 8 free, it doesn't have a pause button.).

It's the history of the media wars, with a dateline of 2014. What happens with Google, Amazon, Blogger, Microsoft, Friendster and TiVo play together? What happens when search, news, shopping, social networks, blogging, camera phones, recommendations, filtering, archiving, the long tail, and everything else that's ALREADY in motion congeals?

Remember that feeling you got when you "got it" in the first Matrix movie? I got that feeling watching this. Remember that feeling you got when you actually realized that scale of the Internet, and what it will eventually enable?

Go watch it.

It's not clear how you're supposed to feel when it's over. Sounds pretty cool. Sounds pretty scary. Come back here and leave some comments after you've watched it. Technorati lets you monitor it as it spreads across the Web.

(I guess this was on metafilter in mid November, but it's new to me today.)

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Wow, that is amazing. Content written by boots, scary. Watch out for the future!

Posted by: Magnus | Jan 7, 2005 1:53:38 PM

I got that same Matrix-like feeling, too, when watching this. I still don't know what that feeling means.

Posted by: JM | Jan 10, 2005 10:33:00 AM

unfortunately, it will never happen.

Posted by: Rixy | Jan 10, 2005 7:59:18 PM

Rixy, don't be so sure...... http://apnews.myway.com/article/20041221/D8744AUO0.html quote: "Broadband helped spur a social and political renaissance in South Korea, where thousands of citizens contribute to an alternative news site called OhmyNews, shaking the traditional media and political establishments." It's easy to brand this as a liberal dystopian vision of the future, but I think it has a lot to say about the lowest common denominator ways in which the web is/will be used... Already in the past 5 yrs, we've seen E/N sites (as trivial and yet as ingenuous as they may have been) give way to solitary blogs (still soul-baring, but essentially devoid of meaningful criticism by a community of involved peers). Is it so fanciful to imagine that 'news' will one day be generated by the populace, yet filtered thru advertising media?

Posted by: femme futile | Jan 11, 2005 8:56:11 PM

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