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Media Flux

March 26, 2010

In the past decades, the media have begun to converge from newspapers, radio stations, TV, books, movies, comics, magazines and games.

All the content is now digital and it is handled by software components on various processors, using various networks to convey the data to the user terminal, be it a computer, a TV or a mobile phone. Users have continuous access to any media. This pauses a problem since the attention span is not infinite. You can’t efficiently watch a video while reading a text, because the brain can’t multi task so much.

What we need is an integrated application that would planify our media consumption in an efficient way. It could foresee the user’s mood based on past experience or on user input and dispatch the corresponding data in digestible batches. That is what TV and radios have been doing nicely in the past with news, stories and music. But as people switch to a more nomadic lifestyle, the schedule needs to be customized.

RSS readers can pull over our favorite articles, comic strips and TV programs and we can download new movies, books and games as they are available. While the data coming to RSS readers and mail boxes is usually consumed as soon as the user is available, games, movies and books tend to wait in their own piles.

A typical day would go like this: you begin the day by watching a morning talk show then you check your emails and read the daily comic strips. After that, you can work while listening to some music. In the evenings, you watch news, play a game, watch a movie and possibly a late night talk show. Once in a month at least, you read a new book or get to play a new game.

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