Thanks to everyone who added a comment and jumped into discussion with me about the thought experiment. This is the other half of it.
So, we were imagining that we live in a world with no TV/Radio/Internet. As Manu quite rightly pointed out – I think I missed out cell phones in there too – but I think you all sussed that bit out.
Thank you for the details of your scenarios too – lots to think about!
Now – I’m going to ask for some more complex imagining….again something I am struggling with a little bit but I’ll outline what I have and hopefully we can talk about it again.
In your world where you never had TV/Radio/Internet – one day you wake up and someone or something has come to visit. They have left something for you too.
For the purposes of the exercise you know instantly how to use these items (otherwise we’ll be here too long).
In your quiet home is now –
A modern TV with an internet connected set top box
A digital radio
A smart phone each
A laptop each
A tablet computer each.
All of these items can link to each other, you can pass media between them and your friends.
How would you link these things if you approached them from a standing start like this?
How would your family interact with the devices and all that media?
Would you think about accessibility and sharing with other family members if they needed it?
Although there are not many questions, they’re biggies to try and think around.
It’s easy to be influenced by existing developments and products – so none of those please. What I am looking for here is your personal want list for mixing your media across devices.
What do you reckon? Not easy from the ground up – but I find it easier now we cleared the deck to start thinking about it fresh.
Let me know what you think in the comments and I’ll respond and discuss as we go.