So says The New York Times, starting with an alert. Yes, we should be alerted and alarmed. It is all about what we hear and we see. Oh, boy, what a way to start the week.
I first read the short, alarming sentence on my Apple Watch, one of those alerts that are usually about a Trump Tweet of the moment, or perhaps a terrorist attack somewhere.
This one had elements of two of the above: the irony of many Trumpian Tweets, and the sting of heavy artillery:
The thing you are doing now, reading prose on a screen, is going out of fashion.
All of this is happening as my Columbia course, Multiplatform Design & Storytelling, switch major gears into visual storytelling, which, of course, involves text and visual images.
According to the The New York Times: there will be less text and more audio and video. I am taking a deep breath and to make it easier for you, I am not going to give you the highlights in text. Let me just give you the beginning here, the link to the full piece here, and then let me use old fashioned cards for highlights.
We’re taking stock of the internet right now, with writers who cover the digital world cataloging some of the most consequential currents shaping it. If you probe those currents and look ahead to the coming year online, one truth becomes clear. The defining narrative of our online moment concerns the decline of text, and the exploding reach and power of audio and video.
And here are the numbers that provide the argument for the end of the text on screen thesis:
April 18-19, 2018-–Newscamp ,Augsburg, Germany.
May 26, 2018 —Associacion Riograndense de Imprensa, Univesidad de Santa Cruz (Unisc), Brazil
June 3-6, 2018—The Seminar, San Antonio, Texas.