The future according to sci-fi movies

Science fiction

Rod Serling, the narrator for The Twilight Zone, once described science fiction in the following terms: “Fantasy is the impossible made probable. Science Fiction is the improbable made possible.”  The term “sci-fi” itself was coined by famed American science fiction movie memorabilia collector Forrest Ackerman in 1954 but the genre itself has been around for nearly two thousand years.   Continue reading

Generation C

Generation C

The Nielsen Company and NM Incite (a joint venture between Nielsen and McKinsey & Company) in their recently released U.S. Digital Consumer Report dubbed the current young adult generation “Generation C” based on their “connected” behaviors.  This group – Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 – accounts for approximately 23% of the population according to the most recent U.S. Census but they spend far more time socializing and consuming media through their devices than other “generations.”   Continue reading

Internet usage in 2012

World in your handEver since I first got onto the Internet in the late 1980s and involved in its commercialization in the early 1990s I’ve seen year after year of brilliant (and sometimes silly) innovation and growth.  It should be no surprise that pundits the world over are looking to 2012 to be yet another record-setting year wherein more people get online and stay online in ways that are well understood and some that may emerge before our very eyes (Pinterest, anyone?).   Continue reading

2011 consumer media usage report

2011 Nielsen consumer media usage report (page 1)

4.9 million (4,900,000)

Yesterday my former colleagues at Nielsen released their “State of the Media: Consumer Usage Report” for 2011 which has a decidedly U.S. focus.  During the first week of November Nielsen released an infographic triptych that in hindsight was an excellent preview for this report.   Continue reading

2011 YouTube rewind

1 trillion (1,000,000,000,000)

According to a new video from YouTube, over 1 trillion video views (i.e., “video playbacks”) on the video sharing site.  That’s 140 playbacks for every man, woman, and child on earth.   Continue reading

Media consolidation

Media consolidation90%

Jason the genius behind Frugal Dad put together the impressive and insightful infographic below that details the state of media consolidation.  Broken down into six different categories – consolidation, television, news, radio, movies, and mergers – the facts aren’t pretty.   Continue reading

Those were the droids you were looking for

Aside

StormtrooperThose were the droids you were looking for.  Awesome.  http://ow.ly/2bs8kz

YouTube’s daily delivery

YouTube3.5 billion (3,500,000,000)

In a recent presentation by Lucas Watson, Vice President of Global Sales & Industry Marketing for YouTube at the Monaco Media Forum event in Monte Carlo earlier this month (MMF 2011) it was shared that YouTube is now delivering over 3.5 billion videos a day.   Continue reading

1,000 posts

1000On Friday, November 18, 2011 The Road Not Taken crossed the symbolic 1,000 post mark thanks to the loyal readership.  It only took 20 months or approximately 1.6 posts per day.  In honor of this dubious outstanding accomplishment, I’ve included the top 100 posts (and pages) of all time.   Continue reading

Qwikster, D.O.A.

Following two tumultuous months of bad press, customer cancellations, and investor ire today Netflix decided to cancel plans to spin off the DVD home delivery business.  Last month CEO Reed Hastings upset customers by forcing customers to swallow a (relatively) large monthly price-hike or choose between home delivery or streaming.  This move triggered a customer exodus (over 1 million subscribers have left the service) and sent Netflix shares into a tailspin.  In a move that some analysts called the “dumbest” they had ever seen a company make, Netflix then announced that they were splitting the businesses entirely and Qwikster was born. Continue reading