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Henry Jenkins, the future is calling

In the introduction to his book, Henry Jenkins says he’s attempting “to document conflicting perspectives on media change.” But by advancing his Black Box Fallacy, he does more to create conflicts than sort them out as he waffles on his own idea that a single device will someday converge the diverse media offerings we now consume on multiple devices.

Granted, Jenkins is writing in a period where things are changing quickly, so he doesn’t get the benefit of the long lens of time to prove or disprove his theories that we’ve seen in other readings. But I would suggest he revisit his theory:

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The road ahead

Sundance Kid: You just keep thinkin’ Butch. That’s what you’re good at.
Butch Cassidy: [to Sundance] Boy, I got vision, and the rest of the world wears bifocals.

– From Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1969

It’s “the vision thing,” as the first President Bush used to say.

Where would we be without the dreamers; those folks who tend to look a little farther down the road than the rest of us?

I’ve been thinking about that over and over this week as I went through the readings. Read the rest of this entry »