No matter how you slice it, the conventional television set is pretty sedentary. Viewers sit in front of it, and can basically veg out. The Internet is potentially different. It allows users to create and/or comment on content. And it gives users greater freedom to pick and choose the content they want to watch whenever and however many times they want.
It’s still hard to imagine, however, the day when the Internet overtakes the TV as primary conduit of entertainment communication, the outlet that millions of Americans turn to first. But that may just be starting to happen according to the following articles:
1. Diane Mermigas, Democratic Party, Hollywood Reporter.
“Already clear in its nascent, exploding stage is that the Web video and text that the average Joe creates for consumption (and often endless replay) by an audience of one or millions — anytime, anywhere — will have an extraordinary effect on commercial media and entertainment worldwide, the extent of which cannot yet be comprehended. But many bright minds are trying to figure it out.”
2. Sarah Lacey, Let the Web Entertain You, BusinessWeek.
“[T]he Web has become a hub of entertainment is no shocker, of course. What’s been more of a surprise is just how quickly and extensively the Internet is replacing traditional content over consumer electronics devices like TVs and PCs outfitted with media-compatible software and hardware. Computer makers like Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and software giants like Microsoft (MSFT) long hoped they’d play a bigger role with so-called media center PCs.”