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The Future Of Video

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Brief piece for the Future of Everything NERCOMP symposium, May 2009

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The Future Of Video

  1. 1. The Future of Video Jason Mittell Middlebury College justtv.wordpress.com
  2. 2. Look forward by looking back...
  3. 3. 1999 (in the US)
  4. 4. 1999 (in the US) • DVD: 3 years old, -R/RW emerging
  5. 5. 1999 (in the US) • DVD: 3 years old, -R/RW emerging • HDTV/Digital TV: debuting, planned to full switchover by 2003
  6. 6. 1999 (in the US) • DVD: 3 years old, -R/RW emerging • HDTV/Digital TV: debuting, planned to full switchover by 2003 • Camcorders: expensive & self-contained
  7. 7. 1999 (in the US) • DVD: 3 years old, -R/RW emerging • HDTV/Digital TV: debuting, planned to full switchover by 2003 • Camcorders: expensive & self-contained • Online video: postage-stamp, high bandwidth
  8. 8. 1999 (in the US) • DVD: 3 years old, -R/RW emerging • HDTV/Digital TV: debuting, planned to full switchover by 2003 • Camcorders: expensive & self-contained • Online video: postage-stamp, high bandwidth • New in 1999: DVRs, iMovie, Blackberry
  9. 9. 1999 (in the US) • DVD: 3 years old, -R/RW emerging • HDTV/Digital TV: debuting, planned to full switchover by 2003 • Camcorders: expensive & self-contained • Online video: postage-stamp, high bandwidth • New in 1999: DVRs, iMovie, Blackberry • Things that didn’t yet exist: iPod/iTunes, YouTube, Hulu, Xbox/360, PS2/3, GameCube/ Wii, Blu-ray, video on mobile devices
  10. 10. What lies ahead...
  11. 11. Video industry stops selling plastic in boxes
  12. 12. More battles over DRM and DMCA
  13. 13. Video literacy across the curriculum
  14. 14. Video as searchable, annotatable, conversations
  15. 15. Video as a mode of scholarly discourse
  16. 16. How do we get there?

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