One of the best things about my analyst job is that I "need" to subscribe to a wide variety of news services and feeds so that I can stay on top of what various luminaries, innovators and thought leaders are luminating, innovating and thinking about. I really enjoy sorting my way through the steady push of information nuggets.
Two such disparate nuggets came across my desktop in the last 24 hours, offering an ironic reminder of just how much transformational impact the broad adoption of a disruptive innovative technology can carry over (not very much) time.
My January 29 2009 Daily Stat from the Harvard Business School Press noted that 2008 was the year that the Internet overtook newspapers as a source for news. It referenced data from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press noting that for the first time ever, more Americans relied on the Internet for national and international news than on newspapers. In December 2008, 40% of those surveyed said they get most of their news on the Internet, up from 24% in September 2007. 35% still mainly read newspapers, and 70% say television is their primary source of news.
Then, just this afternoon I saw a tweet from etaygafni in which he pointed to what he called a "1981 primitive Internet report". I thought it was so good that I replied and "retweeted" (which means that I referenced his tweet in a new one of mine.) You can follow the links from the Twitter summaries posted on the upper right front page of eLearning Roadtrip.
Take a look at the YouTube video that Etay found: Tinyurl.com/ctt4jr. It is a 1981 news report from one of our local San Francisco news channels talking about the "science fiction" of someday being able to get up in the morning, get your coffee, turn on your computer, and read your news. Shocking. The reporter then takes us to the San Fran Examiner and SF Chronicle for their report on how they were starting to computerize the newsroom.
Etay said - LOL - that it made him feel old. Kinda did for me, too. I remember when this kind of thing WAS science fiction. And now it's something I do every day.
I still go back for the second cup and pick up the papers, but those of us at my house have been wondering for how much longer. The papers keep getting get smaller, and smaller, and smaller...
Does this mean that we are really sliding down the backside of the newspaper adoption curve?
Sorta makes me miss my slide rule.