Paper Books of Today Versus Multi-Media Books of Tomorrow

The other day at our Think Tank we were discussing the end of an era of the printing press, and book. That is to say the end of paper books, magazines, and newspapers. Just as the US Post Office is having trouble competing with email delivery, eCoupons, and online accounts and bill paying, the publishing industry is getting hammered by eZines and eBooks. Now then, when there is chaos and crisis or disruptive innovation in one sector of an industry, there is in fact, opportunity in another.

Not so long ago, I mentioned to an acquaintance that I’d written an interesting article on multi-media books of the future, which would be displayed on eReaders, Tablets, and Laptops – not only would these books have associated videos, graphics, pictures, avatars, but they would also encompass sight, smell, sound, and touch. Okay so let me explain. Scents would be present if the characters were walking through a field of daisies, along with a holographic display.

When I explained this to a fellow think tanker type, Troy LaClaire, in conjunction with the fact that the publishing industry challenges, and that the publishing sector would have to adapt or die he stated;

“That is interesting, and I have thought a bit on the subject myself. Eventually the paper book industry will become a dying art, and the e-book industry is going to have to expand to keep people interested. The thought of having something you can actually interact with would be an interesting prospect, and how long before we have hand-sized holoprojector systems that you can place into the middle of a empty room and have it display fully around you?”

Wow, now that is an intriguing question isn’t it? I guess I’d estimate in 5-8 years, as in the iPhone 12 or iPad 8, most likely. Now then, how does this affect you the creative writer, who will still be producing some of your best future works during those next 5-8 years? Okay so, what this means is we really are living in the last era of fine literature put into 600-1,000 word novels, and in the future it will be all about multi-media, entertainment, and touching all the senses. Are you ready for that, if not you need to be.

In fact, I’d recommend that when you write your future greatest work or novel that you gear it towards multi-media and figure out how your storyline will compliment this new venue. Please consider all this and think on it. If you have relevant case studies, industry information, or perhaps questions then please shoot me an email.

Nintendo DS Media Player

It will certainly be a good idea if you can water videos and movies on your Nintendo DS. In fact, you will also want to use it to listen to MP3s. I can tell you that it is totally possible for you to do so. Yet, you will need to purchase a media player in order to enjoy the multi-media entertainments with your NDS.

As a matter of fact, a lot of people do not really know that they can change their Nintendo DS to a multi-media player. In fact, you can purchase it easily from Amazon or eBay. You will also be able to see tons of search results when you try to search for it on Google or Yahoo.

For the movie lovers, it is certainly a must buy accessory for your NDS. You can enjoy the videos and movies you love when you have it on your hand. You can certainly be able to watch the movie you love when you are traveling on the bus. It will certainly make your trip less boring. And it will even make your trip exciting.

For music lovers, you may think that you can just bring along your iPod with you and you can enjoy the songs you love. However, the problem here is that it can be quite inconvenient if you have to bring both your NDS and iPod at the same time. With this Nintendo DS media player, you can just bring one item and you can enjoy both the songs you love and play the games you want to play!

You can even read ebooks with this device. You can open Adobe PDF files with this system and you will be able to read the books you have download. A lot of people have the habit of reading on the train or on the bus. You can now do that with your NDS!

The Psychology of Entertainment

Entertainment is an experience most sought after and enjoyed by all of us. But the question is; what is its psychological cause? Why do human society, across all cultures and periods enjoy and seek out entertainment? Why is entertainment so important? Why people from all spheres of life want to be entertained and find the experience so satisfying.

First of all, let us define entertainment. Entertainment can be defined as any activity, which allows people to entertain themselves in their spare time. Entertainment generally is passive, such as watching movie, T.V shows, live theatre, etc., etc. Active forms of entertainment such as sports are more often considered to be recreation. Actions such as book reading or playing musical instruments are regarded as hobbies. Various forms of entertainment are theatre, cinema, dance shows, social dance, parties, sports and games. Entertainment such as puppet shows, clowns, mimes and cartoons are likely to be attractive to children.

Human nature is an escapist nature. We need an escape from real life. We need to feed our fantasies. Entertainment takes us to an altered world of our liking and fulfils our want for fantasy and an escape from real life tedium. Entertainment transfers us to a world of fantasy, and we remain immersed as part of this alternate realism. This is especially true for media entertainment such as music, theatre and films.

Entertainment conditions our values, behaviour and thinking. This is especially true in case of media entertainment such as T.V and movies, which provide potent touching experiences. Our emotions powerfully influence our actions in ways that remain outside of our control and cognizance. Hence, it is very possible to be influenced by entertainment unconsciously. Humans are rational beings but emotions compel us to do things that are unreasonable. Enjoyment of entertainment switches us from the initial phases of interest to emotional connection and finally to addiction stage.

Entertainment triggers complicated psychological processes in the human brain. For example, a man may be in love with a girl, whom he cannot achieve in real life, so he may fall in love with an actress in a movie who may resemble his dream girl.

Let us take one more example. Nowadays, there is an increasing alarm over the effects of violence on T.V. So, what are the negative effects? Does this violence on TV lead to an increase in violence in the real world? Studies show that it is true. There is lots of evidence that the violence shown on TV increases the violent tendencies in children. These shows will not suddenly transform a peaceful child into a violent child, but it can make the violence-prone children more disposed to play out their natural tendencies.

By and large, entertainment elevates values we might not consciously approve, but which are, nevertheless, very important to us and call for mental stimulation. This doesn’t mean that entertainment is bad for human beings. We can surely benefit from a deep and clear understanding of how entertainment in real life, affects our experience and emotions.