I just want to leave you with this brief video today that reminds us all about how far we’ve come not only technologically but also from a digital publishing perspective.
Who would have thought that we’d be sitting here today being able to create entire businesses (billion dollar ones) around the internet and the transference of information over wires?
It kind of blows my mind.
The scariest and most exciting thing about all of this is the fact that it will continue to evolve and what we have no concept, no clue about today will be reality literally tomorrow.
What is the future of digital publishing? I am honestly not sure but I hope it includes some of the following:
- More independence for the individual creator.
- Less dependency on monolithic software applications and a more distributed collective.
- More freedoms, privacy, and protection for the individual creator and online publisher.
- Better (and more simple) opportunities for monetization for the independent publisher.
- Less restriction and less dependency on pageviews as a major signal for monetization. Focus on the value of the creation and the product itself than digital eyeballs.
- More visceral ways to experience the published piece, media, or online artwork through more fluid and interactive technology.
- Even less overhead for payment gateways and systems for consumers of content to pay and support the artist, writer, and digital publisher.
- A more immersive and long-lasting mobile experience – way more than just a “mobile-first” technology, UI/UX approach.
- A more intuitive and natural way to capture, publish, and display content on any device.
- Meta data usage that is retained, managed, and leveraged better. New sources of meta data that provide valuable signals for both creator and consumer.
I don’t have much of any idea about how any of this will be implemented or when but it’s my shot in the dark. But
22 years 32 years later (I’m no math wizard!), here we are and those in that news broadcast and segment could never have possibly fathomed what the future would ultimately hold.