In preparation for my upcoming course on The History of the Media, The Corbett Report Subscriber is presenting a three-part series on the past, present and future of mass media. In the first edition I examined How the First Media Moguls Shaped History. Last week I detailed How TV Hypnotizes You. This week I turn my attention to the nature of the online media revolution.
In the space of just two generations, we have transitioned from a world where most people subscribed to newspapers and adjusted the bunny ears on their TV sets to receive their nightly news broadcast to a world where most people browse social media posts from around the world and stream the latest news reports directly to their phone. You don’t have to go out on a limb to suggest that the “online revolution” that has taken place in the 21st century is at least as dramatic (if not more so) than the Gutenberg printing press revolution itself.
But those of us who have been pondering the nature of this online revolution might be premature in making any final pronouncements on its ultimate significance. As it turns out, the real revolution might still be in the works . . . and this revolution threatens to alter society so drastically that it could transform humanity itself.
If you’ve got your eyes peeled for such things, you’ll have already noticed the PR propaganda roll-out pimping this coming transformation.
Case in point: Facebook’s name change. In case you hadn’t heard, as of next week, Facebook will no longer be known as Facebook. At least, that’s what The Verge is reporting, telling us that “Facebook is planning to change its company name next week to reflect its focus on building the metaverse, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter.”
So what is the “metaverse?” And what does the hype surrounding this next digital revolution tell us about the kind of world that’s coming into view?
Join me for a sweeping overview of the good, the bad and the ugly of the online media revolution in this week’s edition of The Corbett Report Subscriber. Also, Corbett Report members can log in here for discounts on my upcoming course at Renegade University and a coupon code for 25% off Corbett Report DVDs at the new New World Next Week shop.
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