Saturday, December 26, 2009...1:37 pm

The shape of content yet to come

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As you sit relaxing this Christmas – roasting chestnuts on an open fire, rocking around the Christmas tree and watching mommy kissing Santa Claus on YouTube – ponder the strange truth that Web 2.0 is not as new as you thought.

For the idea of user-generated content has been with us for several decades. According to the excellent Paleo-Future blog, “what we now call user-generated content was predicted in the 1981 book Tomorrow’s Home by Neil Ardley”.

The computer will be able to take the images you record and assemble and treat them in all kinds of ways to produce a whole range of special effects of your very own. And you will also be able to use the computer to produce unusual moving designs and patterns, rather like making video cartoons or electronic paintings that move. Then you can put your video shows together with your own electronic music, and create the most stunning experiences — perhaps even a totally new art form of the future!

There still won’t be any money in it though…

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