Christian Long

Peter Hirshberg: TV and the Web

In TED Talks on May 3, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Reflection by CALVIN G.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Peter Hirshberg:  TV and the Web

The television and the computer have been around for a little over 60 years now.

Their relationship has been one of love and hate. Peter Hirshberg claims that this love hate relationship comes from the viewers. He talks about cycles of popularity between each. He goes on to explain that the tech community drives the media crazy. He compares the tech industry to religion, and politics. It was interesting how he described why they are similar.

He made the comparison by saying the tech industry for 50 years has talked about changing the world, complete transformation, hopes, fears, and promises. These statements lead me to a new point. These promises that the tech industry has made are the reason they have been extremely successful. They make these big promises and sometimes there wrong but when there right they get very popular very fast. They aren’t afraid to fail and they take these chances because they have been so successful at times from them.

When I compare the T.V. and the Web, I look at it like this. Despite the notoriety television received when it first entered the world it has been just another part of life and has been the same for a while. It seems as if they take a more conservative approach toward it. No one really gets surprised from T.V. It just sort of does its job entertaining and informing people.

Now the Web, like I said before, takes a lot more chances.

They have broadened their horizons and it can do so many things and it intrigues people. It almost allows some users to escape from reality. With the invention of these new interactive games such as Farmville, Mafia Wars and other things along those lines. It gives you something new all the time and that’s why people are so drawn to the web and not so much television anymore. I believe that the Web is going to dominate T.V. to a point that some what of a fight or flight syndrome will ensue on the T.V. One of two things will happen: either the T.V. will become obsolete or they will come out with something that can compete with the web.

I got a lot out of this video and found what Mr. Hirshberg had to say very interesting.


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