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Media Science Technology

'Dead Media' Never Really Die 85

joabj writes "A streaming music service was available 100 years ago by telephone, through the Teleharmonium. A primitive version of Photoshopping was possible with Black Mirrors in the 18th century. While technologies and media platforms go obsolete at an ever more rapid pace, the ideas they engender never really die. They get absorbed by newer technologies, or are at least preserved by hobbyists (carrier pigeons) or niche markets (Morse Code), argued NYU postdoctoral researcher Finn Brunton at the USENIX conference. Myself, I'm waiting for an update to the visual cortex-stimulating Dream Machines of the 1960s."
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'Dead Media' Never Really Die

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  • Economies of scale (Score:5, Interesting)

    by tepples ( 727027 ) <tepples@gma[ ]com ['il.' in gap]> on Friday June 17, 2011 @12:19PM (#36475936) Homepage Journal

    This whole 4 page article came off as a bunch of gum flapping over semantics.

    Perhaps we can define a "dead" technology as one that no longer enjoys economies of scale [wikipedia.org]. Hobbyists and niche markets often pay a premium for the technologies they use.

    Which brings me to another question: Often participatory media die and are replaced with consumer media. For example, video game consoles replaced 8-bit microcomputers with TV output, Compact Disc replaced cassette, DVD replaced VHS, and walled-garden tablets have begun to replace laptop computers. These media create a barrier between those who can produce and those who can only consume, and one must pay dearly to surmount this barrier.

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