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A short rubuttal to your posit about declining TV viewing can be found on page four of the article you site in support of TV viewership declining:

"For all the hand-wringing about how new media are sapping television’s audience, the average viewer of online video in April watched fewer than eight minutes a day. By contrast, the average household has its TV on for eight hours and 14 minutes daily. That’s a record. (One that should make all of us rear back in horror, but that’s another story.)"

Now that is interesting, because I certainly feeeel like I am watching less TV and I certainly feeeeel less connected to the networks.

What do you make of that paragraph?


A lot of TV watching is tuning out. Gaming is to involved for that so i can't see how gaming will be the great consumer of TV time.



See the link for the Microsoft Project Natal video.

Gaming is already eating into TV time a lot, so you haven't kept up with the times.


TV will loose IMHO a lot of time, some of that will go to gaming but not most. And in that i disagree with you.


I'm fifty now - okay, fifty-one - and I started playing video games with the original Pong on a Timex-Sinclair back around 1980. Games held my interest through arcade games like Galaga and Centipede, but then I quit playing them entirely after my undergraduate years. I'd rather play one of my guitars or ride one of my motorcycles. Call me old school, but real experiences trump virtual experiences for me, to the point that I don't bother with the virtual world at all anymore. Now, when something like a Holodeck comes along, you can wake me from carbon freeze.

I do however see a trend line between the playing of video games and the creation of art and music that seems to be closing, and that will certainly lead to new kinds of virtual musical instruments that allow heretofore impossible modes of musical expression. THAT I find interesting. Just trying to rack up a high score? Not really.

Those kinds of things are at the toy level already on the iPhone, but if Apple's touch pad device becomes reality, they could go from toy to serious instrument in a heartbeat.


Two words: holographic television. That's the next big tech breakthrough I'm looking for.

ray little

I'd make an argument that "uncanny valley" has been crossed successfully at least in part in the recent Watchmen adaptation.
The motion capture character DR. MANHATTAN looked like a real actor in the scenes he played. In fact, while in close-up, the effect was even more persuasive. I simply at no time had any reaction to his character that took me out of the film as I had while watching Beowulf or Final Fantasy. The subtleties of his facial movements and skin textures were entirely convincing.


Over eight hours of TV a day, on average? Really? Think about that claim. That means the average TV is on for the equivalent of 4pm through midnight with no breaks. And while obviously during the weekday this is patent nonsense, it represents an average that I don't think simply leaving the thing on all weekend can overcome. Even if one were to split the viewing times into something a little less unreasonable, leaving it on from (say) 6am until 9, and then 7pm to midnight, that stretches my credulity to the breaking point. The claim demands that we accept the notion that every waking minute of someone's life, that they're not at work, they're watching TV.

No offense, but I think some "researcher" followed the so-called "43% rule" of statistics, and expected the rest of us to fall for it.


I think that is 8 hours per day per household (which has 3 people). I don't think any single individual watches for that many hours, particularly if they are employed, or going to school, or shuttling their kids around.


Nielsen claims that the average American watches 5 hours of TV daily. I don't think this is believable in the 5 hours a day, sitting in chair, starring at the tube way but it is very believable in the TV is on while they do something else.

Watching is a misnomer. Present in a TV that is on time would be more correct even though a bit long.

Matt Collins


I found your blog this morning after doing some reading on foresight.org. I have recently started a blog (no posts as yet) and everything I wanted to write about I see you have already written about.

This doesn't deter me from writing my own blog as I am from the UK and want to make a more UK specific blog. It does however excite me that there is someone out there with exactly the same opinions, views and predictions as me.

I have tried searching for who you are but I cannot find out anywhere. I would very much like to talk to you about everything really, so please contact me at: mattcollins30@googlemail.com.

If you don't reply I will still visit this blog regularly as it's excellent!





Thanks for your support and readership.

My identity is semi-secret, but feel free to comment here on any of the current or past articles. I see all comments, even on articles that are old. We can have a dialog on any of these subjects here at any time.

Matt Collins


Thanks for your reply, I respect your semi-secret identity. I can't find any references to people with the initials GK so it remains a mystery. (i wouldn't be surprised if you were Bill Joy or someone)

I felt compelled to ask because of how similar my idea for a blog was to your own, including the content. I will comment on some of the posts as soon as I get some more time (the weekend).

Thanks again for your reply and please check my blog out at some point. http://explainingthefuture.blogspot.com/




I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.




GK - what do you think of the fifth horseman?



I think highly of him.


I am impressed both with your blog (I'm reading all the archives right now) and the fifth horseman's intelligence. If only you two could combine forces and write a blog about a subject dear to all of our hearts. ;)



Well, there are only so many hours in a day. Plus, I have my professional reputation to consider as well.


> Well, there are only so many hours in a day. Plus, I have my professional reputation to consider as well.

I am in an identical position and understand fully.

I do like the title the linked blog... though it does suggest skills to learn once you've long left The Slow Zone and entered The Transcend. ;)

Matt Collins


This link back up your claim that the talent pool is migrating from TV to games. Or at least it shows progress...


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