When I conceived MobileBeyond in 2009 I decided to avoid the mundane and trite media coverage of mobile, new media and tech on the Web.
Too many bloggers and publishers cover the same issues. Aggregators and other publishers litter he Internet with short, incomplete content about the massive growth in mobile communications.
Mobile, New Media and the Technology Explosion
We live in exciting, dynamic times. Electronic communications spread across the world. Some might call it “the age of mobile.” But I think there’s something bigger happening than just mobile and most people don’t realize it.
Unlike most new communication technologies, mobile and new media are morphing in multiple directions. Once, the media talked to us. Today people and media collaborate, producing and sharing incredible content.
No longer just print, no longer audio or video. Emerging technologies have converged media and content. When you make or view a YouTube video, the content–your message –and the media channel become one and the same. In other words, if you viewed the same video on a TV or tablet computer, your experience would be entirely different. That’s what new media does.
Mobile offers, as Michael Becker says, multi-modal channels: photos, video, audio and the Internet. Add mobile smartphone apps and your phone becomes a bar code scanner, a mapping tool, a navigation system, a wireless health service.
Herman Heunis with MXit in South Africa calls a mobile phone “the remote control of the Universe.” For the first time in history, mobile devices offer nearly unlimited convergence.
Explaining and commenting about this massive change in human communications has been MobileBeyond’s quest Creative minds, like clay in the hands of a potter, drive t he future of mobile and media. It’s an unending journey. But watching and participating in the journey puts us at the center of the communications revolution. Enter the journey into uncharted visions of our future.