Daily Archives: 13 June 2007

Is video-conferencing the next big media thing?

The first phase of the internet ushered in an asynchronous media sphere—emails, blogs, vlogs (video blogs)—where the information was stored and retrieved at a later stage, and was mostly two-way. But in internet2, are we heading to a more synchronous regime—like phones and instant messengers—where communication will be instant, interactive, and multiple-user?

Yes, says Eric Miller, a PhD candidate at the folklore program of the University of Pennsylvania. In this sans serif presentation, Miller, who lives in Madras, describes why video-conferencing will be the next big thing in the media revolution, moving out of the charmed corporate circle it now occupies and into the daily lives of people around the world, thus directly impacting them and their democracies.