Over the last several decades, digital technologies have been transforming just about every industry. But few have been as disrupted by the dramatic advances in technology as the media industries. Everything seems to be changing at once, from the way content is produced and delivered, to the sources of revenue and profits.
I’ve been closely following this technology-based transformation of media for a number of reasons. First is my personal experience with disruptive innovations in the IT industry. Unlike other industries which I might follow from afar, I’m an everyday consumer of media, spending a considerable part of my day on its various offerings, including TV, newspapers, magazines and the Web.
In addition, I’ve been a member of the advisory board of USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab (AIL) since it was founded in 2010 to study the impact of technology and cultural changes on the media industries. And, since last September I’ve been involved with HBO as strategic advisor on innovation. Within media, I’m particularly interested in the evolution of television, not only due to my recent HBO affiliation but because, for over a decade, TV has been the source of much of the entertainment I consume.