over my past blog entries I think you can safely make the assumption that I am
an accomplished skeptic. I am suspicious of all hype, especially when it comes
to marketing hype. I am a firm believer that the best ideas of the past have
come from grassroots innovations that grow into phenomena because real people
find real value in the idea. The Word Wide Web, Linux, Yahoo!, - the garageinnovation rules the world in my mind.
Right now I
am feeling particularly skeptical of the hype surrounding
streamingto small personal devices like cell phones and iPods. I was browsing through the local Best Buy, as I
often do on Sunday afternoons, and I saw a multitude of cell phones with video
capabilities, not to mention iPods with video. I love
the technology that makes video like this possible I love gadgets just likeany geek in good standing.
I have absolutely no desire to watch video on my cell phone. But I also don't
watch much television these days I've never seen Desperate Housewives or
Survivor for example and I can't think of any television program that I want
to see so bad that I would be willing to watch it on a postage-stamp-sized
screen. And I would never want to watch a movie that way I need big screens
and surround sound. There are already features on my cell phone I never use;adding video would just be a waste.
that is just my feeling. Perhaps there is a market for personal device video. I
just remain skeptical. So I am asking for your perspective. Educate me. Do you
ride mass transit to the office and does video on your personal device soundslike heaven to you? Or are you skeptical like me?
Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.