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How will TV be different in the future?

Imagine a world with no TV’s, no computers, perhaps even without phones. No, I’m not talking about a world where technology was whipped out by World War 3. On the contrary, I think that is the world where we are exactly heading towards right now.

You may be thinking “who cares? No one watches TV anymore”. A great point which actually gives more proof to my position. TV is much more than just a device to watch the news. It’s a screen for Netflix, YouTube, gaming and video-chatting.

Answer me this: what is one thing people love about technology. My guess is accessibility. You want to watch, listen and read at home, on your way to work, in the supermarket and even while you are staying overnight at your in-laws. Even in our own homes we sometimes wish we wouldn’t have to pause when we go from the living room to the kitchen to make a snack or have to use the bathroom.

Now add that to the things we already know for a fact. Every year technology allows us to make lighter, slimmer and bigger screens without a cost on quality.

So, what’s the vision?

Based on current technological advances my only guess is that TVs, and smart devices in general will all get slimmer up to a point they replace wallpaper. In a not-too-distant future our screens will be everywhere around our houses. They will follow our eyes or our heartbeats and light up on the wall, table or a mirror no matter what room we go to. And actually, I don’t think that’s a big stretch. We always wanted paper-thin, foldable screens. That’s something that tech companies such as Samsung are already working on. With current trends in mind, it’s natural to assume that the next logical step is to apply this technology to screens at home and the whole smart-home movement.

Why this and not the domination of Google Glass-type technology? There are several reasons but most importantly because people prefer a cinema-like experience to watching shows through special glasses. Perhaps there is a place under the sun for everyone and while using glasses may be a good way to capture your happy moments, Google Glass or even VR doesn’t seem to be practical enough to replace TVs. Today, or in the future.

But in the end, who knows? 50 years ago we imagined to have flying cars by now and yet, we still drive the same old way. Similarly, no one knows for sure what kind of a gadget may pop-up in the near future that may prove to be life-changing for everyone. All I can say is, that I can’t wait to see. We have many revolutionary technologies being developed now like 3D printing, self-driving cars, all sorts of robots, etc. Never before has society been so close to seeing how things are developed while they are being developed. One idea may spark a revolution half-way across the globe. Who knows?

 

How do movies affect society?

Does the society affect the movies or is it the other way around? Most likely is that is it both. After all, we are all connected. Now more than ever before. Certainly, there have been some that showed us a new perspective which we were unable to see before.

Someone may argue that changes come in two shapes, good and bad. Similarly, the affect movies have on society can also be seen this way. Perhaps constant violence in movies has turned the society numb. Why aren’t we shocked and outraged after another report on the news about bombings, terrorism and the loss of the civilians’ lives? Perhaps we got used to seeing it so much on the movies? The Avengers ride into New York, destroy half of the city, presumably kill a lot of innocent bystanders and yet, in the end all that is matters that the team is ready to face another villain in the next movie of the series.

Movies mislead societies

The is also a case of changing societies through misinformation. ‘Based on a true story’ are five magical words that (filmmakers unanimously agree) help bring in more money. But ‘based’ does not mean a true depiction of the events. And yet, many people believe that what they see in the movies to be true. For instance, in the Imitation Game, Alan Turing and is team crack the Enigma machine but in order to hide that fact from the Nazis, they have to sacrifice a squad of soldiers. The truth is, it was the whole town that was sacrificed. Every movie has these details that are different from reality but in an hour and a half movie they are impossible to pick out.

The Bright Side of the Movies

But as long as there are bad things, movies can also transform whole societies in a positive way. Think about the movies like Philadelphia (1993) or Milk (2008). They may not change societies in an instant but they do inspire a discussion that may grow into a countrywide or even global discussion.

Let’s be honest, people find it really hard to see something from a different perspective. Heterosexuals versus homosexuals, men versus women, blacks vs whites. The list may go on and on. Movies and TV shows make the job easier. Now, when I watch Mad Men I am appalled by the standard of treatment women in the workplace in the 1960s. It’s not ancient history. On the contrary, when you hear that someone like Bill O’Reilly was fired for sexual harassment on numerous accounts, you understand the perspective of those women.

Similarly, transgender issues, slavery, the life during the World Wars, or any war for that matter. Without movies, it would be so much harder to imagine what a soldier endures when he comes home from 12-month deployment, what it is to feel you were born in a wrong body, where single-moms and dads struggle, etc.

Societies are not changes in one day. Research has proved that we still sometimes act based on primal instincts. But one day at a time, one movie at a time societies do change. Luckily, for most part in a positive way.

 

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