Nov. 14: A History of the Future of News: What 1767 Tells Us About 2110

Eric Newton
Senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Introduction by Dean and University Provost Christopher Callahan

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  • Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, does not need a crystal ball to foresee where journalism is going. According to Newton, “there are undiscovered patterns of history in news.” He does not need that crystal ball because not even that would help. Journalism is something that needs to be followed and really looked in to.

    With each decade, technology changes; we are in the digital age. The digital age is a new age for news. It has gone from “AHHH”—caveman’s way of communicating—to moveable type, then to digital pushes in online news.

    “We’ve only scratched the surface of the digital age,” Newton says.

    Whether it was Skype from the Flinstones or cellphones from the Star Trek, you need to think “crazy and out of this world.” By doing so, creative thinking turns into innovation then manufacturing.

    “News is whatever we want to know,” Newton says.

    Every American age has had different media based on what they wanted to know; The Transcendental era had Partisan weekly newspapers while the Progressive era had the Associated Press. There has been growth and adaptation to crises and happenings.

    It’s a matter of looking close into what could be. Right now, science fiction is bridging the gap in science more than scientists. Just look at entertainment and what could progress into something real. No, it might not be the radio watch, but it could be intelligent media from the next action film with robots and such.

    “To get to the future, someone needs to shake the surface,” says Newton.

  • Tonight we had the opportunity to listen to Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. I found this Must See Monday very interesting because we can relate to it in many ways, especially because our lives revolve around technology and mass media now. I was interested to learn about the evolution and how the media rises through each generation. From the compromise generation, we were introduced to pamphlets. From the transcendental generation, we were introduced to Partisan weekly newspapers and so on. It was nice to see the progress of media outlined and it really helped to put in perspective how media changes throughout the years. Eric Newton also discussed science fiction and how writers go with their imagination. For example; moon travel, geostationary satellites which make the digital age possible, cell phones, and so on. I found Mr. Newton very interesting and intellectual; I enjoyed learning the history and seeing how media has changed over the years.

  • Tonight’s Must See Monday event feels like an important one; besides the fact of double extra credit, people here seem generally interested in the lecture taking place tonight. Walking into the First Amendment Forum today, I was shocked to see the mass amount of people crammed among the floor. I am currently stuck up on the third level sitting in a chair taken from a nearby classroom. This shows to me that finally some people may be beginning to care about these events; and if any, this one is the most important. Newton spent the event time frame discussing the entire world of Journalism: from the past to the present and everything in between. It was incredibly interesting to see how far we have come. He spoke of numerous statistics, one of which spoke out to me. It explained that half of journalist students believed there would not be any/or relevant changes in the next five years. Looking back five years ago, we are a completely different world.

  • During the Must See Monday on November 14, 2011 we were able to learn about the future of journalism. Eric Newton, who is the Senior Advisor to the President of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, told us that the future of journalism is unknown. He spoke of the beginning and life of journalism throughout all of time, even mentioning the estimate of the very first news story, 1-2 M B.C. He also told us how mass media changed the world, with the beginning of printing books and newspapers. Journalism has gradually changed over the generations, and this is because every eighty years there is a great awakening. This means there are new thoughts and ideas being used to better journalism and media that eventually changes how it was previously done. When he spoke of the future of journalism, he helped us imagine a news story from across the world, in which the story was presented as if you were actually there watching it play out through Nano technology. He gave us several big ideas involving the future of journalism to think about because “we are only scratching the surface of the digital age”.

  • “A History of the failure of the News: What 1767 Tells Us About 2010”
    -Eric Newton- Senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
    Mr. Newton is a thought leader. Tonight, he talked to us about his 3 decades of experience in the journalism field. He spent time talking to us about what news is going to be like in 10 years. Right now, we are a part of the digital age; nobody knows what is going to come of it. There are undiscovered patterns in the history of news. Every generation grows up with different forms of news media. The digital age is a new age. The other ages include visual, language, and mass media. The World Wide Web concurred in 1991. This is the movement that sparked the digital age. “We tend to use what we know to guess what is going to happen over time.” Science fiction writers are dreaming of things others can’t quite calculate. Times are changing. Every American generation has come up with a different form of media. Different generations include: Compromise, Transcendental, Gilded, and Progressive. The Associated Press and the telegraph went along with the Progressive generation. About every 80 years, there has been a crisis and a “Great Awakening.” We had the American Revolution, the Civil War, and World War II. More recent generations include: Boom, Gen X. Millennial, and Cyber. The Cyber Generation includes mobile and social media. World War 3.0 is the war in the digital age. Government declared last year that cyber space is like war. There have been many reported cyber-attacks from countries such as China and Iran. Wars can cause unity and new institutions. Future generations include: Visionary, Hybrid, Courageous, and Enlightened. With the Visionary Generation will be the rise of intelligent media. This may include things such as smart grids, robotics, and artificial intelligence. In time you will be able to experience anything that has happened; even if you weren’t there, with the help of news-bots. The Hybrid Generation will include the rise of bio media. Bio Media includes an augmented reality and nanotechnology. The Courageous Generation includes hyper media. World War 4.0 is the war against non-humans. “Today we are just scratching the surface of the digital age.”

  • The weeks Must See Monday is quite special. It features the “History of the Future of News: What 1767 Tells us About 2110”. The intro was done by Dean Callahan. And then Senior Advisor to the Knight Foundation Eric Newton started going over how things from the past influence the future. For instance, the T.V. show “The Jetsens” came up with the idea of skype long before it was real. Newton then went to look at cycles throughout history such as World War 3.0 that is possibly soon to begin. “Cyber space is an arena for war”, Newton stated. If the cycles in history continue then we can expect technology to grow into something unimaginable. Our future could hold things such as having “newsbots” or having real conversations with your computer. With this new influx of technology old media will be sure to fall away into the past. “What’s next?”, Newton asked? The answer is bio media with augmented reality, media implants and nanotechnology. Newton continues to explain that 80 years from World War 3.0 there will be a World War 4.0 of humans v. a nonhuman entity. “Today we’re just scratching the surface of the digital age”. This quote is so true. Our future is rapidly approaching and it is up to us to shape it. Newton continued to explain what a journalist should do with this rapidly growing field. Journalists used to be able to just write on paper with ink and send it out to the world. Now we type up our information and send it out or broadcast our information to thousands over the television. So what is a journalist to do? Keep up with the times in this sea of technology. “Happy Sailing”.

  • It is difficult to predict the future. Eric Newton says that science fiction has been the most accurate at guessing what the future holds. The way that we access media has been a central habit that is constantly subject to change.
    The web is being consistently improved for one specific reason – to satisfy the needs of the people. It has been simplified, modified and tailored to accommodate the masses. Personal websites developed into blogs. Websites that sold products evolved and took the form of aggregators that sold an array of products from vendors all over the world.
    The World Wide Web began to take shape as one large network that is interconnected throughout. This should excite journalists. It means that the possibility of news spreading increased indefinitely.
    The future is going mobile and the news organizations are falling in step. Active browsing and content will encourage reader involvement. Stories are being packaged in a way that makes them more interesting than ever with text, graphic and video elements.
    The news and the Internet both share a common interest. The common goal is to best serve the consumer. Now, more than ever, these two entities are working together to provide the most effective and entertaining experience for those with access.
    Newton said to, “Think crazy.” The presentation presented many futuristic ideas that were both terrifying and intriguing. It will be interesting to see how the world will change in our lifetime.

  • Today’s Must See Monday really was a “must see!” Eric Newton,
    Senior adviser to the president of the John S and James L. Knight Foundation, really brought to attention the fact that media is ALWAYS changing. He referred to the current young generation as digital natives. We do not know a world without daily newspapers, though there was a day. Still today, communication is exponentially on the rise! The predictions that Newton made about the future were so incredibly interesting. First he made the prediction that starting around 2027, intelligent media would be the form of media on the rise; meaning nearly everyone would have “smart” devices with them at all times. Newton presumes that the Bio Media will be prevailing from 2048 to 2068 and people will begin to have media implants and will be able to communicate with others at all times. Following Bio Media is Hyper Media, and finally Enlightened media up until 2110. By then he believes that people will be able to communicate with the environment and have all of their surroundings respond as well. The whole time that Newton was leading up to his predictions about the future he said “No, we’re not crazy yet…” but now that he covered his ideas, things have certainly gone “crazy!” I think that it’s so interesting he has such specific ideas about what is going to take place in the future and when. As he concluded, there will always be a need for journalists. The true key is being engaged in the technology in order to move forward and provide truthful information to the people.

  • Today’s Must See Monday discussion was led by, Eric Newton, Senior Advisor to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. This discussion was centered on the development of media throughout the ages and how it has made such a profound impact in today’s world of journalism and mass communications. Throughout the lecture, Mr. Newton made it very clear about what communications will be like within the next 100 years. He controlled his theories on 4 main principles consisting of 1. Profoundly new ages of digital communications, 2.Science fiction bridging history and philosophy, 3. Undiscovered patterns in the history of news, and 4. People in their 20’s play key role in inventing news media. With these 4 principles, it has been predicted that within time the digital age will expand from what it is now to something so much more profound such as the “Hyper Media” generation. In this generation, media will be more courageous and more science fictional, ultimately leading to World War 4.0. This Must See Monday was a great explanation of how media in the digital age develops, and what we can expect t happen within the future of Journalism.

  • Eric Newton-Must See Monday

    The future of journalism is pretty exciting, but is also scary at the same time. Journalism has evolved so very much, especially in recent years. Generationally, we have seen massive news sharing changes over time from pamphlets to tweets. The future generations will even see bigger changes as the world evolves. His topic reached all of us as students looking for a career in journalism. A key thing to remember is we must understand the past of our field, to be leading journalist of tomorrow. There are tons of jobs out there for journalist but they just might not be traditional jobs working for a large news organization. One thing that has not changed is the principal journalism is that it’s our job to tell the truth. Overall I think this is one of the most informative must see Mondays we have had. The information really caught my attention and made me excited for my future career as a journalist. I can not to be a part of the ever changing field, we as leaders in the journalism world coming from Cronkite, will be equipped to cover the world in any medium.

  • Tonight’s Must See Monday featured Eric Newton, founder of and senior advisor to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Eric’s Talk, “The History of the Future of News: What 1767 tells us about 2110,” was very inspirational. I see why there was so much hype about this. Eric Newton talked about his career is the past decade. He talked about how being a managing editor of The Oakland Tribune was like. I also enjoyed hearing about how he was founding director of Newseum. My favorite part was seeing how connected the past history of journalism is to the future. In JMC 110, we have heard lecture after lecture about the history of journalism. To be honest the book is quite boring, but it is nice to know that the book has a purpose. He talked about how far we have come over the course of eighty years and how much journalism has changed the world. The future is limitless. The only question is where do we go next? Do we go to World War 3? That is quite possible. “Today we are just scratching the surface of the digital age.

  • Eric Newton’s presentation on the History of the Future of News wrapped up the first half of the 21st Century Media Organization and Entrepreneurship course. Newton touched on a few topics, including the new age of human communication: the digital age, how science fiction is doing a good job of predicting the future of media, undiscovered patterns in news media, and how people in their 20s play key roles in inventing the future of news media.

    He noted that every generation grows up with a different type of media. These started out as pamphlets, partisan weeklies and populist dailies in the 1700s. In more recent years, new forms of media have been the world wide web and social media. Newton predicted 4 future generations: visionary, hybrid, courageous and enlightened. These generations will experience forms of media that include intelligent media (artificial intelligence), bio media (media implants), hyper media (cranial downloads) and omni media (telekinesis).

    Newton said there is a great awakening in society every 80 years, such as a war, and one of these great awakenings in the future may be a war of humans against machines or something non-human in the enlightened generation. He noted that as of last year, the United States government considered cyberspace an area of war.

    The most resonating message from Newton’s presentation was that in order to predict the future, you have to “think crazy,” not just out-of-the-box crazy, but “off the planet.”

  • When first entering journalism at this day and age all you hear about is how media is changing and how much technology is affecting it. When Eric Newton first started talking about entering the digital world, I never thought about how crazy some of the things are that we posses today. Such as cell phones that started out as a fantasy on the TV show “Star Trek”. When he put it in this perspective it almost intimidated and frightened me at the thought of what would happen in the future. But as the talk continued, I realized that as intimidating as these ideas may be, they also mean more outlets for creativity in journalism. As more and more information is being possible to be shared, and shared in different ways, I am beginning to realize that leaving my footprint on the journalism world may be as easy as simply writing this blog and posting it everywhere. Technology is changing, and whether we see it as progressing or not, it means that journalism is changing, and being more accessible and more creative, which I believe is always a good thing.

  • Eric Newton, senior adviser to the Knight Foundation, spoke tonight about the history of the future of news. He specifically noted four things about where we stand now. First, we are in a new age, a digital age, of human communication. No one knows where it is going. Second, science fiction seems to be doing a better job in bridging history and the future than the experts are. For example, the TV show “The Jetsons” introduced a concept of video chat when the show aired in the 60’s, and yet we utilize video chat and Skype today. The movie “the Matrix” voices concerns about the rise of biological intelligence and telekinesis. Third, there are undiscovered patterns in the history of news. And lastly, people in the 20’s play a key role in inventing the new news media. Newton said that every American generation has come of age with a different media invention on the rise, and that that will continue throughout the history of the world. We are currently in the cyber media stage, which emphasizes mobile and social media. Newton predicts that every 80 years there will be a crisis which will lead to an awakening. Eventually, he hypothesizes, we will end up in a world with cranial downloads and hyper media. With this, he says, what is the need for an environment when we know everything there is to know? Newton’s hypothesis raises questions that we all fear about the future and what digital media and innovations have to offer. Personally, I understand what he means when he said “First principle in predicting the future is to think crazy”, because it really is. The future of journalism and the future of the news media is something no one can predict because the digital media age is changing faster than we can keep up with it. It may seem scary to think that in our lifetime we could be living symbiotically with machines and robots, but what else can the future hold at this point? In the words of Eric Newton, “today, we are just scratching the surface of the digital age.”

  • What Eric Newton set before me was not only scary and inspiring, but extremely daunting. Scary in the sense that I may very well see my doom at the hands of a cold heartless robot, but also inspiring in the sense that I may see myself as one of the innovators that changes the game forever.
    It inspired me in more ways than no, though. I think that the only way to survive these days is to either cheat (which I don’t plan on doing) or to create. And I want to create. I feel the need every day to do something new, to bring something to the table that nobody has ever seen before. If I can do that in life, I will be happy. What Newton showed us today though, was daunting in many ways. I am not sure how I feel about the digital age, and I am not sure if I am going to survive it. it seems that everyday there is a new technology that baffles me, and to even grasp the idea of creating one of these vast new technologies makes me feel extremely small to say the least. Unfortunately for me, though, I am going to have to suck it up. Because like Eric Newton said, the age of machines is coming, whether we like it or not.
    To end on a more hopeful note, though, Eric told us that we as journalists will always be needed, at least in our lifetime. There will be no need for a robot to steal my job, and that makes me feel at ease for the most part. We will always need the innovation of the human mind if we are to progress the field of journalism. And like Isaac Newton said of knowledge: it “is a vast ocean in which i hope to someday explore.” I hope to do the same soon, and as I look out into the sea, my hunger to ride the waves is ever growing. I hope at the very least my hunger for new knowledge will get me somewhere. If not, I can always just work for FOX News.

  • Eric Newton’s lecture was a very interesting one. Compared to the rest of human history, the past century has been the biggest and fastest progression of technology. Only just recently, within the last 20 years, has news and information been able to easily reach the entire world. The differences between our life style now and a couple of decades ago are dramatically different. Science fiction writers and general predictions of the future have been the idea generators for the next steps in technology. They only thought about what the future could be like, and came up with a simple representation of what they thought could actually hold the technology. The rate of technological progression lately has been explosive, and because historically, the future idea predictors have been the ones to motivate the actual creations and development of new technology, it would be a good guess to say that the predicted future ideas will continue to come about with the speed of these recent decades. However, to extrapolate the recent progression to say that within just a hundred years humans will be able to perform telekinesis and manipulate the environment around us is going too far. It would be an educated guess to say that technology will continue to advance at an exponential rate, but it is also possible that the actual progression of futuristic ideas will slow down, and the rate of technological progression will plateau. I hope I’m wrong, and that media and technology will continue to progress at these recent rates, but I have serious doubts of just how far we will actually go, or if the rate will keep up at all.

  • From the invention of moveable type in 1450 creating the Mass Media Boom to the rise of the digital age with the beginning of the internet, the evolution of media grew exponentially, yet painfully slow. According to the speaker Eric Newton, each generation beginning with the Revolution has grown up with a different form of media on the rise starting with pamphlets. Along with this growth of media, there has also been a pattern of crisis and awakening approximately every 80 years. This has been shown through the Civil War, the 3rd Great Awakening and WWII. Up to that point society had generally seen no media growth other than the change from pamphlets to mainstream newspapers. With the rise of the internet beginning in the 1980’s, the pace of media growth began to increase rapidly. Our generation is currently in the social media age and could very well be undergoing what Newton refers to as the World War 3.0, an invisible war of cyber attacks. In regards to what the future holds, Newton says, “Think crazy. Not the out-of-the-box crazy, but the out-of-this-planet crazy.” After seeing that the cellphone was inspired by Star Trek, the ideas Newton proposes don’t seem so far-fetched. Newton predicts that media will transition through wearable media, intelligent media, bio media, hyper media, and ultimately omni media. This evolution, according to Newton will inevitably lead to World War 4.0, the first human vs. non-human war the world has ever seen.

  • Seeing the future of journalism would be like asking a Caveman to give a speech. It’s nearly impossible. Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation knows that one cannot see the future of journalism because journalism is something that needs to be monitored closely.
    Within each decade, journalism has transformed immensely. From the “first” news story of “Ahhhh” as a caveman would put it, all the way into moveable type and online news stories in the present day.
    Newton told us tonight that Digital age is a new age and as we move through time, we slowly start to notice the big differences in how things are done.
    We saw forms of Skype in the television show “The Jetsons” in 1964. Skype was created officially in 2003. The iPad was seen in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, Apple created the actual product in 2010. Finally, we saw forms of a cellular device in “Star Trek” which is actually how the creator of the cell phone came up with the idea.
    These three examples prove that “Each American generation comes of age as a different news medium is rising.”
    Newton also said “Every 80 years there’s been a great awakening” and we will eventually be so far into the digital age that we will enter in World War 4.0, which is the human race vs. the non-human environment around us.
    If you look back in time, you will notice that five decades ago, five years, five months even five days ago, the world was different and it will continue to be different as we move into our future of digital news.

  • Tonight’s Must See Monday speaker was Mr. Eric Newton, the senior advisor to the president of the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation. This foundation funds journalism projects across the nation, especially here at the Cronkite School. Mr. Newton’s discussion tonight focused on the history of the future of news, and how we can use the past to predict the future. He started off in 1767, in what he called the first era of news, and ended up in the year 2111, and predicted that by then, humans will have World War 4.0 against non-human things. This could include machines, technological robots. Furthermore, Mr. Newton said we could be living in World War 3.0 right now, and might do so well into the next decades. This war is in cyberspace, and he said countries do have tech armies right now, and are preparing to have a cyberspace war. Technology is so present now, that this war is plausible. He gave specific examples from science-fiction and other mediums to indicate that the past has successfully predicted the future in some cases. These examples included: Skype from the Jetsons, the iPad, and the cell phone from Star Trek. Others, like Pulitzer’s prediction in 1899 of what New York City would like in 1999, don’t pan out quite as while. Nonetheless, Mr. Newton advised us that technology, news and the media is changing constantly, and that we can use the past to gain insight into the future. I found his discussion to be very thought provoking and entertaining, and it was a privilege to hear him speak tonight at the Cronkite School.

  • Although Eric Newton’s lecture is titled with the word “News” in it, his topic revolves around the future in a much more general sense. He analyzes the growth of society and the means by which it communicates information, and how it changes from generation to generation, throughout American history. It was a very thorough and in depth analysis, and his expert insight shaped the information: society trends, following patterns and cycles. He pointed out several of these patterns, such as the 80-year crisis cycle – major crises occur once every eighty years or so. When the dates are brought to light, he predicts that a crisis should be occurring right now, during this current generation. He believes that World War 3.0 has already begun as the crisis of our generation; the cyber-war. I felt that this was a very interesting look at how cyber interaction works, and he made a lot of sense. Nations are developing armies of cyber hackers, coding genii intended to either protect the nation’s cyber vault or hack into the cyberspace of another nation. After this, though, was when Newton’s lecture began to twist off the typical Must-See-Monday track, and onto something else entirely: he began to predict the future, as it will unfold, generation by generation. His predictions go as far as machines virtually exceeding humans in every possible sense. Then he returns to the original topic, and wraps it up with a look at how that would impact journalism. Basically, his argument was simple: the people who believe that the current media jobs will still be available in ten years are out of their minds. The media involves with society, and as society blossoms with the rapid growth of technological advances, media jobs will rapidly change alongside it.

  • Tonight’s Must See Monday was a mind-blowing talk on how things from the past help shape the future in the ways we invent and create new things. Newtons main argument was that historic ideas help people come up with new ideas and that technology will only keep progressing and just get more and more advanced. Some examples of this include how “Skype” was derived from the Jetson’s t.v. show, and the cell phone was used in Star Treck, and how the Ipad was used in the movie “2001”. I will have to kindly disagree with Mr. Newton because I do not think that technology will increase that much in just 50 years, I just don’t see that happening. Mr. Newton had some great ideas on Mass Media and how it is an assembly line production of news, but changes to digital style which is no longer similar to an assembly line. He then went on to talking about Science Fiction and how scifi writers go with their imagination, which makes sense because science fiction movies are really creative. Newton went on to say that each American generation comes of age as a different news medium is rising. Another interesting fact was how about every 80 years there has been a crisis or great awakening such as news papers in magazines, and photos in newspapers. He ended his presentation with a couple of great tips for Journalism majors:
    1. Learn truthful storytelling in all types of media
    2. Master computer assisted reporting
    3. Watch as much Science Fiction as you can
    4. Fool around with a new digital tool everyday
    5. Rewrite the codes of ethics in your own way

  • Eric Newton led tonight’s Must See Monday and he spoke on A History of the Future of News: What 1767 Tells Us About 2110. Newton began his decision speaking on how news first relayed and how it has progressed over time. It began with verbal communication then moved on to the pamphlet then the penny press then the telegraph and so on and so on forth until we arrived where we are today; digital media through the use of television, internet, etc. After this short introduction he got into the main part of discussion about what is to come. He stated that for every forty years there is a crisis along with a great awakening. Also how eventually we will move onto creating artificial intelligence and planting digital implants into people’s brains. This will all eventually lead to World War 4.0 or the battle between humans and a non-human power. Overall I found his lecture to quite interesting especially when he stated that the products we have to today have been predicted before so the products of the future will eventually come to pass.

  • For tonight’s Must See Monday, we had the opportunity to hear what Eric Newton, senior advisor to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, speak about, “A History of the Future of News.” Newton said that journalism is, “a fair and intellectual search for the truth.” He spoke about how we are living in a digital age of media and explained to us communication’s exponential rise. Currently, we are in a progressive news medium, and the age is still rising. Newton said that science fiction writers use their imagination to predict what things and places will look like in the future. A few interesting examples were that the man who invented the cell phone got the idea from the phone used in the movie Star Trek, also in The Jetson’s the first version of skype was introduced. Newton explained that time comes in cycles. Depressions and crisis happens about every 80 years. The cycle of 80 years seems to persist even as information is exploding. Newton said that print media will die and most newspapers will be gone by the year 2047. By 2068, there will most likely be a machine awakening where implants of information could be placed within one’s brain. By 2099, information will be able to be downloaded into one’s brain and even after one dies, the information on the implants lives on. Newton said by this time news will simply turn into whatever we want to know and whatever we can download into our brains. Also, is the 80 year cycle continues, by 2110, World War 4 will occur. World War 4, from Newton’s standpoint will be not country against country, but more like the whole world of human beings against some type of non-human robot or creature. I found this information to be a far reach, but it definitely held my attention because science fiction shows all of these events happening mostly through movies, but it is all up in the air as to what could happen next. From a journalist’s standpoint, I am starting to believe that anything is possible.

  • Eric Newton’s presentation on the history and future of journalism was surprisingly interesting. In it, he painted a stark picture of not only the future of journalism, but also the future of the world and how it relates to the journalistic profession.
    Newton listed the history of journalism, as well as the theory that a new brand of media evolves with every passing generation. From the pamphlet age to our current digital media juggernaut of an existence, one can definitely see the cyclical nature of journalistic evolution. But Newton didn’t simply stop at the current age. Instead, using predictions from “The Singularity is Near” and similar books, he applied the technological outlook to journalism. With the advent of new robotic organisms and faster, more instant global dissemination, the future speed and reach of news will only expand.
    However, I believe the human element will fall by the wayside in the relatively new future. While the ability to deliver the news will speed up, the same can be said of how humans wish to receive the news. Long drawn out explanations will no longer be desired. They barely are now. Journalists role will decrease. People will want the information, and at most they will look to experts for analysis.

  • Must See Monday opened with Dean Callahan talking about the career of the speaker, telling about his career as an editor for award winning papers and eventually becoming the senior adviser for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The speaker, Eric Newton, drew big crowds with talks about where the future of journalism was headed and information’s humble beginnings. Graphs showed a spike in information with the coming of the internet, but Newton said technology has been foretold by science fiction shows. He proceeded to show pictures of Star Trek and 2001, A Space Odyssey. The Star Trek picture showed Captain Kirk with a communicator, which Newton said, was the muse for the idea of the cell phone. The Space Odyssey picture was the picture of the pilot with what looked like an i-pad. Newton also showed off a picture of the Jetsons with a futuristic twitter. Newton continued with talks about digital war-fare and the coming of a fourth World War, in which men were facing machines for survival, much like the Matrix. He finished the presentation with a quote from Isaac Newton. “Somewhere in that ocean of truth lies the future of news. I wish you all happy sailing.”

  • When Eric Newton first began tonight’s futuristic and completely engrossing presentation, he mentioned just how lucky we are to attend the Cronkite School. It is so fulfilling and reassuring to hear such esteemed professionals in the world of journalism compliment our school and its abilities to produce successful young journalists. Newton even mentioned that we have a Dean with ‘superhuman powers.’ With these powerful words, I felt more motivated to pursue a future in journalism than I ever have before. Often times, critics say that journalism is fading, but after tonight’s Must See Monday event, it seems there is no refuting its future potential. Eric Newton presented an interesting look into the past and predicted future of journalism through mass media outlets and other various forms of communication. I cannot wait to become a part of a generation of innovative individuals who work to make science fiction’s crazy predictions prove to be possible. I am so proud to be a part of what will one day become a significant addition to history’s never ending circle of revolutionary changes in media and communications.

  • Fantasies of the future have always interested people; but usually sci-fi is placed solely in the fiction section. Predicting the future seems to be becoming a more refined art and a more accurate one as well. Eric Newton struck me at first as a potential “ Trekkie,” with his sci-fi movie references and especially after seeing his entertaining graphics. But his explanations were actually logical – as history demonstrates, technology has risen exponentially and it seems as though it will continue to do so. I can certainly see this advancement pairing with medical advances and soon creating matrix-esque implants for people. They say necessity is the mother of invention, but are these “advancements” really a necessity? Only time can tell whether Newton’s predictions will come true, or whether that exponential rise skews off course due to some calamity. War can be extremely destructive, and if war turns to the technological turf, who knows what technological advances World War 3.0 could destroy. All in all, Newton provided many interesting speculations that people should take heed of because they could come true.

  • Tonight’s Must See Monday was all about time travel with Eric Newton a senior advisor to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Mr. Newton laid out four points that have defined each generation of news and media one of the most important being that people in their twenties play a key role in inventing news. This point was very relevant to us as journalism students and because the majority of us are in or around our twenties. Newton gave a brief history of the news and media dating back to 1767 and ending with our generation now. Then he took the audience on time traveling trip to the year 2110 and gave his predictions of what he believes the future hold for the media. “You must be crazy,” Newton said to the audience. Throughout his explanation of his “crazy” ideas he mentioned a World War 3.0, which consists of a war that has already begun in the digital arena. Ideas of media implants and computers who talk back finally lead Newton the final point of the future: World War 4.0 humans vs. machines. All of Newton’s ideas were loosely based off of previous science fiction flicks such as “The Matrix” and “IRobot”, which seems so obvious but yet so strange. Newton then went on the end the night with his thought that our generation is “just scratching the surface of the media.” Over all this discussion was very loose and not cemented. I found it hard to take his predictions seriously when he would show us pictures of movies that had already featured this crazy idea. I guess that was the point of the discussion though, to think crazy.

  • With the closing of tonight’s Must See Monday, I wasn’t sure if I should be excited for the coming age of journalism or afraid of an out-dated sci-fi movie becoming a reality. That in mind, I wasn’t sure how valid Eric Newton’s projections for the coming 100 years or so were. Granted, history does show us a large jump in message reach from a “nearby crowd” to millions with the introduction of something as fabulous as the internet. Also, Newton included that “we tend to use what we know to guess what happens,” but I would have liked to see more factual evidence to back up his “guesses.” I can’t be a total critic because much of what he said is true; for instance, it is true that “every american generation has grown up with a different form of media on the rise.” With this “constantly changing” media, who’s to say we won’t live a future that includes electronic minds, robots of some sorts. After seeing slides on Star-Trek inventions that became realities, Newton’s notion of the future, “Think crazy. Not the out-of-the-box crazy, but the out-of-this-planet crazy” don’t seem too crazy. But this “enlightened” era near the beginning of the next century? All I can say is thank goodness I won’t be around for this World War 4.0 and an “Avatar”-like future; I don’t look good in blue anyway.

  • “New Tools Make New Rules”

    Eric Newton’s discussion on the future and past of media sheds light on a pattern of social media development that can be overlooked by most. He started by focusing on the very start of news itself, back to when the grunts and pointing of cavemen are all we can assume were ways of alerting other. Newton then works his way through each media advancement since then, until present, and then on through the future. Shown on a table in increments of 20 years, he demonstrates the steady growth of societies technological advance and the shocking repetition of events that have occurred multiple times throughout history. It is with these past reoccurring events that he feels it is perfectly possible to predict the world’s betterment of media in years to come. The timeline table, displayed behind him not only shows our telecommunication improvements, but also presents a somewhat fixed order of events. For it seems that it only takes a given amount of time after one occurrence that the same is bound to happen again, signifying roughly 80 years we experience a great awakening. But it doesn’t just take a table to foreshadow the advancements ahead of our time; it requires no more than watching the newest science fiction movie. But how can something so mainstream allow the majority of people the insight to the future? It is because, as explained by Newton, science fictionists are more accurately bridging history and predicting technological outbreaks. The inventor of the cell phone for example says he got the idea solely based on, at the time ridiculous, prop used in “Star Trek.”
    So what exactly is suspected to develop? Newton states, based on an emulating history, he feels the progress ahead will end all print media, perhaps another world war and even more portability and personal tech devices that will be capable of things more than imaginable. However, despite the obvious patterns, many people say that nothing advanced historically during their generation of growing up. Though sometimes it seems mediocre or expected of technology to be as advanced it is, think about what they thought was “advanced” 20 years ago.

  • In tonight’s Must See Mondays lecture, Eric Newton really addressed some point about how media and its connection to quality journalism. With up and coming technology advances happening everyday, people in their 20’s have the biggest effect on news media which effect the rest of the people. Eric Newton stated that journalism is a “fair, accurate, contextual search for truth that provides citizens with the information [journalists] need to run their communities and their lives.” I completely agree and when you really look into things its so interesting how so many advances are happened based on ideas from the past. Some points that I never would have brought attention to would be the examples he used about the cell phone inventor got his idea for the creation of a phone by watching Star Trek. I find that so interesting because us humans keep building off of others to create new inventions and journalists are the backbone of change for the world. I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for the changing new media and the emergence of mobile and social media.

  • While sitting in tonight’s Must See Monday lecture with Eric Newton, I started to ponder about what news media will look like one year from now. Or even five, ten years from now. It is so amazing to see how everyday people can make an impact on the whole world by just one little idea that gets branched off of many other things. I believe journalists are what hold the world together. Only 20 years ago is when the new online digital age began. Image what the 5 billion people in the world with cell phones would be like today if it were not for the writer of Star Trek who gave the man the idea to create the cell phone. Or think about the science fiction writer about the Jetsons, without him we wouldn’t have Skype. Just 5 years ago, college students could travel across the country and not get to see family or friends at all, but now with Skype our digital age is amazing. The world is advancing because of journalists and I am excited to see where we are heading. At the beginning of his speech, Mr. Newton said that people in their 20’s play key roles in inventing news media. With me being close to that age, I am extremely excited to contribute to the new advances in the world through my usage of journalism.

  • Before launching into the past, present, and future of journalism and the world, Eric Newton took a moment to remind everyone sitting in the First Amendment how lucky we are for being part of such an innovative and successful school. He spoke about the recognition, the resources, and the leadership that we have at our disposal as Cronkite students, and told us to give ourselves a hand for the great things we will be able to do in the future as journalists. Then, he said with a chuckle, “Don’t blow it.”
    And then he showed everyone exactly what is at stake to be blown if we don’t properly evolve and expand with societal changes and technological advances. Mr. Newton presented a theory originally seen in William Strauss and Neil Howe’s “The Fourth Turning,” which exhibits several features of science fiction books, movies and tv shows that became reality. In 1962, Skype was appearing on the small screen in the Jetsons cartoons; cellphones in 1964, by Star Trek; Space Odyssey novels featured I-Pad-reminiscent technology way back in 1968. Based on this theory, Newton predicted the future all the way through 2110, involving both a third and fourth World War-the third fought in cyberspace, the fourth against machines; technology ranging from wearable media to augmented reality and cranial downloads; news leaving legacy media behind and becoming whatever an individual wants it to be, transmitted through wearable media and cemented by complete data transparency.
    This is where we have the potential to grow. This is what we have the capacity to learn. Whether or not the exact details of this science-fiction driven future come to pass does not matter; worrying about hyper-intelligent robots or cyber war in years ahead is useless. Change is all around us right now, and if we don’t embrace it each present day, we’ll just be the ones reading about the future, not writing it ourselves. The truth is out there, and “somewhere in that truth is the future of news,” Newton concluded, “and I wish all of you happy sailing.”

  • This week’s Must See Monday was Eric Newton and he spoke on the history of the Future of News and what the past will tell us about the future when it comes to news. To start off, Mr. Newton is the founder of Newseum, which is a very popular website. He has a very impressive resume and began the night by talking about how amazing our school is and how we should be very proud of our school. He started with four points that we should know about when it comes to the news. 1. We are in the digital age and no one knows how its really going to come out. 2. Science fiction is becoming a bigger influence in our society when it comes to journalism. 3. Undiscovered patterns in history of news, every american generation grew up with different form of media 4. People in their 20s play key roles in inventing news media. He then went on to talk about each news age we have been through over time including the visual, language, mass media and digital ages. Next he discussed the main chunk of his presentation, about where media has been and where it is going in the future. It started with the compromise generation of pamphlet news to the progressive generation of the associated press. Society then moved on to the G.I. generation of photography in print and tabloids, to Generation X with tv newscasts, and today’s cyber generation of mobile and social media. He then went on to talk about the future and our society would look like when it came to what kind of media would be dominant. It began with the visionary generation of intelligent media, went on to the hybrid generation of bio media, then the courageous generation of hyper media, and finally the enlightened generation of omni media. Mr. Newton really made me think about what news would be like in the future and how its changes would affect our society. The lecture also made me think that our journalism when it comes to tv news and print was going to become obsolete which made me somewhat depressed because he made it feel like there was nothing we could do to keep our favorite kinds of journalism around. Some of my favorite quotes from the night included, “Think crazy when predicting the future,” “Today we’re jut scratching the surface of the digital age,” and “To get to this future, someone has to shape it.” Mr. Newton concluded the night by sharing 10 things that mass communication majors can do to keep up with our changing society. A few of my favorites included, watch a lot more science fiction, understand the past and present of news, master computer assisted reporting/design and teach digital media fluency, and develop sources for covering world war 3.0. Overall, this was definitely the most interesting must see monday by far, but it also made me worry about the future more than any other lecture, but I’m pretty sure that’s what Mr. Newton wanted us to get out of his lecture. I will definitely start thinking more about the future of news and how I can keep up with it.

  • I never thought that I would see a connection between the media cycles and science-fiction. Science-fiction always seemed like an unreal reality. Eric Newton showed that science-fiction can become reality. In his presentation he showed that the “crazy” thinking of science-fiction mirrors the technology we have today. “The Jetsons” had Skype. “Star Trek” used cell phones. “2001: A Space Odyssey” had the iPad. “The Jetsons,” “Star Trek” and “2001: A Space Odyssey” were created in the 1960s which was decades before any of these technologies were created. The 1960s were a part of Generation X whose big media medium was TV newscast. The technologies during this era included satellite, cable and video tape. These technologies were not even close to what was being presented on TV and film. Not many people would think that technology of “Star Trek” or “The Jetsons” would become a reality about four decades later.
    Newton pointed out that we tend base what the future will be like from what we know. In the 1960s, the people only knew a limited amount of what technology could be. Eric Newton said to predict the future we must think “crazy.” There was someone who thought “crazy” and brought their ideas to reality. These ideas shaped how we use technology and how we get our news. Each generation has grown up with a different media medium. It will be interesting to see what technologies the next generations use as a medium or what science-fiction technology will be made into reality. After listening to his presentation, the possibilities of what the future could be seem endless.

  • Eric Newton presented a great Must See Monday that begged me to reflect on my own thoughts about the future of journalism and technology in general. Tonight’s lecture in the First Amendment Forum started first with a discussion of the past. Newton went over the evolution of journalism and the cycles that it has gone through. It was so interesting that he compared it to a cyclone, as it is “always turning and always moving forward.” It was also intriguing that Newton called this age “World War 3.0.” Comparing the predictions of what New york would be like in 1999 to what it really is like was also something that captivated my interest. It truly goes to show us that although we can predict the future, it is never certain. As the saying goes, the best way to predict the future is to create it. Tonights presentation left me fascinated at the possibilities for the future.

  • Eric Newton, the senior advisor to the president of the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation is a imaginative and inventive man. During tonight’s must see monday Eric took us on a journey through technology. He started off by speaking about prior technology and touched on how quickly technology has developed in the past decade. He used comparisons from technology projected in the Jetsons to the futuristic cellular device used in the movie star trek. he spoke of current technologies that we americans use today such as Skype, ipads and twitter. Eric Newton went as far as predicting the future of technology. He believes that machines eventually will surpass the capabilities of humans, and that the next major war will not be between people but will be a cyber battle. Technology plays a major role in journalism, this is a topic that has given me anxiety since the day I entered into this field. Newton expressed the importance of journalists and addressed one of the fundamental aspects that I have learned at Cronkite and that is speaking and writing about the truth. This must see monday both frightened me and restored my confidence.There will always be job opportunity in this field. It may not be the traditional pen and paper but you have to want this and work with the technological advances. This world we live in is constantly evolving and if you can’t keep up you will be left behind. Eric Newton was a very interesting speaker and with technology being such a huge part of news distribution this must see monday was one of the more insightful and applicable that I have been to thus far.

  • Eric Newton’s Must See Monday presentation was one of the best presentations I’ve ever seen. I had never thought of history repeating itself in such specific patterns that Eric Newton explained. His descriptions of how journalism stems through technology and is the basis of improvement for society’s timeline. Machines have always been prophesied in pop culture and media to take one the human race, and the “Singularity” event that Newton explained again added evidence to the speculation of the machine takeover. It seems as though humans are driving themselves to non-existence by improving our lives through the help of machines. However, I believe that technology will never slow down. The incentive of a higher quality of living is too high, and not many think of the potential consequences of “BioMedia” or “HyperMedia.” Eric Newton’s presentation was very interesting and sparked a lot of new ideas.

  • “We are in a profoundly new age of journalism,” Eric Newton said. From there, he had me hooked as he dove into the history of journalism and revealed its patterns. His goal was to seek the future of journalism and to do that, he told us we must look at the past. Newton explains, “We tend to use what we know to guess what comes next, but we get the future wrong because we don’t see all the things around us.” He took us to the very first acts of journalism to the world we know now and then talked about what the future could hold. In order to find where the future is going to end up, Newton said, “You must think of off the planet ideas.” One of my favorite things that he said that got me thinking was, “Every generation since the revolution has grown up with a different form of media.” Of course he was right and presented us with evidence to back it up. I found it extremely interesting. It’s amazing to think about how far this industry has come over the years and the new things that has come about because of it.
    The future that Newton painted for us included wearable media, robotics, artificial intelligence, cranial downloads, media implants and enhanced human capacity. Although on the surface these ideas could seem so far off and unreachable, I found myself thinking that with all the advances that I have seen in my lifetime alone that these bizarre things could actually be possible. With this, he emphasized that it was my generation that was going to create the technology and advances that will shape the industry for the next generation. He clearly showed us that it has repeatedly been people in the late teens and twenties that have made the industry what it is now. This must see monday was amazing and one that I am extremely happy I went to. Not only did I learn a lot about the history of the industry but I learned a little about the ideas of where our future could be heading. Most importantly, Eric Newton motivated me to believe that anything is possible with belief and hard work.

  • In tonight’s Must See Monday, Eric Newton, the Senior Adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, spoke to us on the “history of the future of news.” A quote that Mr. Newton said that I found very thought-provoking was “Every generation grows up with a different form of media.” As he began his seminar, he had a chart that showed the “evolution of human communication,” which gave a strong visual aid to the previous idea of how media has evolved. When Eric Newton spoke about thinking in the future, he talked about how to get the future right. He said to not think just outside of the box, but think “crazy outside of the box.” The future that Eric Newton sees happening is not one that I can fully agree with, in my mind. He talks about world wars against technology, or the environment. I feel that the hypothesis that he gives has such a slight chance of happening, and in the time frame that he gives us. Except for his portrayal of the future for the next approximately one hundred years, I enjoyed and agreed with what he views/points; overall, I am glad I spent forty-five minutes to hear what Eric Newton said.

  • Eric Newton, Senior Advisor to the President of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation gave Cronkite students a glimpse into the future tonight. The future, as Newton described it, is one in which journalism and mass communication is constantly changing, just as it has for centuries. Newton’s future involves everything from “news bots” to “cranial implants.” Technology that currently feels at home in a science fiction movie but according to Newton the future he described “is definitely crazy so it might just happen.” In fact science fiction is exactly what Newton points to if we want a peek of what the future may have in store for us. Shows like Star Trek and The Jetsons have already demonstrated this by predicting current technology like cell phones and Skype. As members of the beginning of the digital age Newton believes we are simply “scratching the surface” of what this era has in store for us. As technology progresses so will the future of journalism. “The technology has driven the future of news,” said Newton.

  • Eric Newton brought up some very interesting and even startling points about the continuing evolution of media, journalism and technology. Newton made four distinct point that he used to define the transition of media through history: 1) That we are in a profound age of new communication –The Digital Age; 2) Science-fiction is acting as the bridge between old and new communications and media; 3) There are many undiscovered patterns within the history of news; 4) The youth –people in their twenties –play a huge role in the future of news, technology and media. These four points related to every stage of journalism that the world has experienced since 1767. It is amazing to look back at even just the evolution that took place in the span between the Baby-Boomer Age of glossy colored magazines, to the still-present Cyber Age of Mobil and social media. The startling part is that the progression does not stop in the Cyber Age; Newton conveyed the predictions of what the future of media and technology holds –and it can be frightening. The proposal that the stage of visionary media will end soon is very prevalent, but the notion of society developing into the courageous, hyper media stage and into enlightenment stage is a hard concept to grasp. The ideas are challenging to comprehend simply because they are almost too realistic. With the speed of the technological evolution all the predictions are very likely ideas and that is the scary part. World War 4.0 the war between humans and nonhumans was the final prediction of Newton’s lecture and it leaves behind the question of “What is to come in the future?” Eric Newton raised this question and now it is up to the generation –the age of the twenty-year olds –to decide the remaining path in this digital development.

  • Tonight’s Must See Monday invigorated my thoughts for the future and furthered my curiosity for the present. The advisor to the President of the Knight Foundation, Eric Newton, stopped by the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus to present an interesting speech about the digital advancements that are furthering our generation into farthest spaces of the future. From introducing the computers to showing off cell phones to finally advancing into an Apple addicted generation, Newton showed the growth of each of our ages and how we are slowly becoming a completely digital dependent world. Eric had also brought up some new growth in our digital age with some new inventions that included wearable digital media, an enhanced reality and even a digital implant. Throughout his speech Newton also mentioned various predictions cartoons have made, like the Jetsons, with small screens and even Sci-Fi flicks like Star Trek, with cellular devices. Overall tonight’s Must See Monday was extremely thought provoking and showed me how so much of our past has affected our present. Which causes me to wonder, what can be expected of our future?

  • In tonight’s Must See Monday, Eric Newton explained the patterns of the media, and how it is constantly changing. Newton explained how in every generation, there is a change in media, from magazines, to TV news, the internet, and mobile media. But these changes can also be noted all the way back to the American Revolution, when pamphlets advanced to newspapers, and so on. But the greatest question in the future of media is…where do we go from here? Newton showed the audience some great examples of “skyping” on The Jetsons and using cell phones on Star Trek. All that can be laughed at by American’s today. But Newton said that even the creator of the cell phone based his idea off of the show. So while we laugh at sci-fi movies and think of their technology as unimaginable, they are really not far off. Technology of the future may even soon be based off of ‘The Terminator’ or ‘Avatar.’ After all, Newton said the first principle in creating the future is to “think crazy.” I think the most interesting part of Newton’s presentation was the categories he made for future generations, listing all the way up to 2110. Will ideas and skills soon be programmed into our brains? Is there a possibility of a World War 4.0 Man vs. machine, or Man vs. nature? These ideas may seem a little far-off, but remember, one hundred years ago the idea of a cell phone seemed a little crazy too. Taking away from Newton’s presentation, it is easy to see where we all lie in the middle of this. As journalism students, we are the future, and it is our job to decide where the future of the media goes. The best minds did their greatest works in their 20’s, and as young adults, we hold the power in our hands for generations to come.

  • Tonight’s Must See Monday with Eric Newton was definitely one to see. It was very interesting to learn about how the past few centuries have had such a huge impact on the today’s journalism as well as journalism all the way up to the year 2110. In the last 20 years, news and information has been easily accessible by the entire world and Newton discusses that in the next few centuries any information that is put onto a government computer will be accessible to anybody. Eric Newton discussed the new technologies that have developed and where those ideas may have come from. For instance the cell phone, which was first characterized in the Star Trek series, gave the idea to create such a thing. There are also versions of Skype in The Jetsons and the iPad in the movie 2001. Movies and TV series have shown multiple times that they have ideas that are created years after the movie or show is aired. I enjoyed learning about all the new technologies of the future as well as watching the slides of the patterns of the past and the predicted patterns of the future. Eric Newton’s speech was incredibly interesting and I loved listening to every minute of it. I thought it was so interesting to learn about the future of journalism and the future of news. It was especially interesting to hear about how in the future human memory could be implanted into a robot and people could ask it questions and have the memory answer. Technology will continue to advance every day and I highly doubt it will slow down or plateau. I don’t know that it will go as far as memory being implanted in robots but it will continue to advance over the next few centuries.

  • Tonight’s Must See Monday was one that I have been looking forward to for a while. Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, was our guest speaker who spoke to all of us about the future of journalism as it may look today. This was also very important for me to attend due to the fact that it is the last posting for Cronkite Conversations that will be accepted for the Christiane Amanpour luncheon.

    “Do you have any idea how lucky you are?” Newton began the night. He asked us this to get us to think about our future at the Cronkite School. His first point was about the digital age and the unexpected outcomes.

    We time traveled through time to explore the four ages of human communication. The categories included visual, language, mass media and digital. These began from 1-2 m BC all the way up through 1991 AD.

    There were approximately 1 million years of visual media until verbal media came along and skyrocketed. This interested me because I knew this all along, I just never thought about it in this context which makes the topic sound huge.

    Newton showed us some different journalism perspectives that showed how fiction writers dream up things that people can’t seem to calculate. The first principal is to think crazy and unconventional to find something new and ground breaking. We talk about this a lot in journalism to get students to think of ways to be innovative and get entrepreneurship visions started.

    I found one of his slides very interesting which showed how each generation is raised and comes of age as a different news medium is rising. He stated that about 80 years there has been a crisis and a great awakening. This reminds me of some of Aaron Browns Must See Monday lectures in which he tried to express that America had not recovered over time due to 9/11.

    I never thought I would visualize and experience so many different patterns over time in which media and journalism evolved before our eyes. I have known that we are in a changing generation that accesses more technologies than in the past which shows American progress. I don’t think I ever would have seen how large this topic is had I not attended this amazing Must See Monday with Eric Newton.

  • Eric Newton mentioned we all have to “think crazy—off the planet crazy” during his speech titled “A History of the Future of News: What 1767 tells us about 2110.” Newton definitely sounded crazy as he described stages of future media as Intelligent, Bio, Hyper and Omni. The next one hundred years are supposed to contain artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, media implants, cranial downloads and telekinesis, according to Newton. All this will lead to World War 4.0, humans against non-humans. Newton said 2011 is “just scratching the surface of the digital age.” Personally, I’m fine with the surface. I think where the world is with the media is decent. Newton predicted what new technology will surface based off science fiction, but why is that okay? He concluded with a war. Last time I checked, wars were not something to be looking forward to. Plus, every sci-fi novel or movie that has robots or advanced technology does not end well for humans. Shouldn’t we be trying to avoid that technological extreme? I do think technology has helped society as a whole, and I understand that it will continue to advance throughout the years. However, I feel like a line needs to be drawn or extreme precautions should be taken before experimenting with more media machines.

  • I just attended the Must See Monday event featuring Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, discussing “A History of the Future of News: What 1767 Tells Us About 2110.”

    Newton gave a detailed summary about past journalistic experiences and models that have proved successful. As we advance into what is known as the “digital age,” people can see, hear, read and listen to the news at any time, Newton said. From the 1600s to the present, journalism has clearly advanced into a vastly technology-driven world. “Is this too much for 20-somethings to handle?” Newton asked. The answer to this question is debatable. At times, I feel overwhelmed with all of the different news and media that is constantly thrown into my face. Whether it is a big, graphic picture on a website or an obnoxious tweet on Twitter, I feel that I can never truly escape the media. Being a journalism student I appreciate how readily available the news is, but I would like choose how often I am exposed to that news.

    Do we look into the past to predict what the future holds? Newton feels that the answer could be yes. With the fast-paced technological developments made thus far, it seems only fitting that mind-reading robots and computers could be a possibility. Newton used various futuristic movies to demonstrate how ideas from the past were actually transformed into real inventions today. Newton used the famous Star Trek TV series as an example, stating that in the TV show characters used cellphone devices to communicate. Years later, the cellphone was created and later improved, allowing people to regularly check updates and read news articles in seconds. Newton stated that the inventor of the cellphone was actually inspired by the Star Trek devices in his creation of the cellphone. Newton also referenced the movie I, Robot, suggesting that perhaps robots and other inventions in films today could predict future technology developments. Newton emphasized that as technology progresses from past to present to future, how we consume the news will change as well. In the past, all people had were newspapers and now people can access any type of news at anytime from multiple devices. Could robots possibly be our future links to the news?

    In a seemingly digital world, it is easy to question the availability in the job market for journalists graduating college. However, Newton instilled a little confidence in the young journalist audience, stating that there will still be jobs in the future for journalists. Although most news is displayed on the Internet now, the job market will adapt to future news and media creations and outlets. Finding a successful career as a journalist in the future is simply a question of learning the new modes of communication, Newton said.

    I really enjoyed Newton’s presentation and I found it very informative!

  • Eric Newton, the senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, sat down with his audience, which included many students of the Cronkite school, to discuss the future of news. His predictions of the future baffled many in the crowd but I was skeptical to believe in such fairytales. He talked about futuristic gadgets and things that would most likely be associated with Science Fiction movies, which ironically is what he alluded to several times, including popular movies and shows such as the Matrix, Star Trek, and I-Robot. But I was too smart to believe these things. After all, I AM a Cronkite student. As he continued to talk, however; I was left wondering whether these things were feasible, especially when he got to the gloomier portion of his speech. He talked about two possible world wars, both of which could happen in our life times. I was left fascinated thinking about the possible destruction of the world as we know it, but the creation of a world that we have yet to know. The possibilities for Journalism in the future is infinite. There is no limit to what we might do.

  • Tonight’s Must See Monday with Eric Newton, the senior adviser to the President of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, felt a lot like sitting in on a lecture from the prominent Stephen Hawking. Though I never experienced Hawking and his wild predictions personally, I knew that Newton related as another innovating mind just in the journalism world. He described in detail the new age of the media and how the media is changing within every generation. Today we live in a world of social and mobile media, but our world is looking to head into a few more eras which he names as: visionary, hybrid, courageous, and enlightened. Newton expresses the digital world to be like a cyclone how it turns, but keeps moving forward. He also believes that we take the ideas that people have come up with in the past and put them to action in the now. For example, “The Jetsons” cartoon show gave people today the idea of skype, and “Star Trek” would lead to the cell phone. Newton says that the key to evolving the digital age takes crazy thinking, “off the planet crazy” thinking.

  • In this evening’s lecture, Mr. Eric Newton tickled the sci-fi nerd in everyone who attended; I suddenly have the urge to watch James Cameron’s Avatar, but I digress. Newton discussed of the advancement of technology and the media through which humans (and eventually robots) will communicate in a rational but creative way.
    Newton went through sixteen ages of American Journalism, four of which were hypotheses on the future of technology. The other twelve coincided with eras that I have studied in Principles and History of Journalism. The changes in technology coincide with the evolving traditions of journalism. Something that was not completely addressed in this lecture was the changing principles of journalism in the ages of nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, or telepathy. As in-depth as Newton went in the discussion of the evolution of technology, there was not much discussion in regards to how the on-going digital age will affect how the news is reported or written. It might just be up to us, the current students of journalism, to decide how things will be done in the future.

  • Tonight’s “Must See Monday” was one of the best turnouts this semester. Eric Newton, the senior advisor to the president of Knight Foundation, was the guest speaker. Dean Callahan introduced Mr. Newton by acknowledging the amount of dedication and contribution he has brought to journalism. One of Newton’s key points was the transformation of journalism of throughout the years. He described various types of journalism in past and future generations. Every generation has experienced a distinctive form of media as they have grown up. Eric Newton portrayed the current generation as the social and mobile media period. I couldn’t agree more of course. As Newton continued with how he foresees the future with journalism, he used the metaphor of a cyclone. It is a field that turns and turns, but is constantly moving forward. The future, according to Eric Newton and other journalists, will be filled with technology beyond our wildest imaginations. We will soon see a world consumed with robots and an imminent cyberspace war. Whatever is to come will come. It is important that journalists are open to diversity and the change of technology, but they must stay focused on the issues that are at-hand today. In the words of Eric Newton, “Play your historic role, without fear or favor, while balancing the changes of society.”

  • Tonight’s discussion with Eric Newton about the history and evolution of journalism answered an important question aspiring journalists might have- how can we shape the future of the media world? Newton informed us about the constantly changing patterns of the media. He concluded with the future of journalism and what it ultimately holds for writers and reporters involved in this field. As students from the millennial generation, we have the power to affect our future and make even further progress with the digital age. Newton discussed the unknown influence of science fiction writers and how they “used their imaginations” to create a story and see their vision come to fruition. It is stimulating that a successful journalist encourages his audience to “think crazy” and write unconventionally in order to produce thriving stories. The only idea that I find hard to accept is the future of the hyper media and discovery of artificial intelligence. Understanding the history and fast-developing technology, this concept seems likely but also shocking that it could potentially happen in our lifetime. Throughout every generation, however, journalism is similarly defined: “the extensive search for truth” and a source for providing critical information to people helping to build and improve society.

  • This Must See Monday’s Speaker Series featured Eric Newton, Senior Advisor to the President of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. He highlighted “A History of the Future of News: What 1767 Tells Us About 2110.” Newton used history to explain and predict the future for journalism. First, he stated we must accept the fact that we are in a digital age and no one knows what is going to happen next. Every generation is growing up with different forms of media. Continual technological advances create new outlets for news, making all future generations expect different things. “We predict the future based on what we know,” which is wrong because it doesn’t open up the possibility for new ideas to come. Another interesting factor in predicting the future, is looking at Science Fiction. Because this genre dreams up new possibilities, it doesn’t limit the imagination. For example, Skype, cell phones, and the iPad were all used in science fiction entertainment decades ago. What Newton predicts for the future, is that print will die, artificial intelligence and robotics will rise, and that media will become conversational. Information will become even more public and accessible to everyone. After that will follow “Bio Media”, or actual media implants that don’t require separate gadgets. “Hyper Media” will follow that with actual cranial downloads that are delivered straight into your mind. “Omni Media” finishes it off with thought projection and telepathy. This lecture was extremely thought provoking and enlightening in expanding the horizons that media will possibly one day stretch into. It is mind blowing to fathom the ideas Newton suggested, yet they are all entirely possible.

  • Tonight’s Must See Monday program was comprised of a topic both fascinating and eye-opening in terms of the way I see the world. Eric Newton, advisor to the president of the Knight Foundation, spoke to the crowd about advancements of mankind and just how much progress we, as a species, have made since the year 1767. He divided time periods of new innovation into different categories and then described the impact of each upon the world. A piece of information I found to be intriguing was that about every 80 years a crisis occurs. Think about it. The civil war, WWIII and 9/11 have all been enacted out of conflict, even though accessible materials of the time are totally different. The world as we know it has evolved and humans have created great things; however, this knowledge could be just as destructive as it is beneficiary to mankind. With advancements in journalistic methods also means advancements in nuclear devices, cyber bullying and nanotechnology. Newton theorized that this will all inevitably lead to WW3.0, an invisible war of the digital age. He explains that the printed newspaper cannot continue to coexist with new forms of mass media, and its steady decline will come to an end in the year 2040. He also believes that by this time, all data will be universally transparent once it is admitted into any computer. This is because all humans have an incessant need to tell, and new ways will be heard in every generation. It is easy to realize that predictions of modern devices were presumed long ago in past forms of media. For example, Skype in The Jetsons, cell phones in Star Trek, and even drawings of future cityscapes. Soon enough, our expectations for the future will become a reality with artificial intelligence and self-learning robots up until WW4.0. Newton presumes that this war will be the first between humanity and a non-human entity. Whether this may be technology or something unforeseen at this time, Newton chuckles at this point saying, “at least I will be long gone by this time.” Although he reminds the captivated audience that there are 7 billion reasons for any of these events not to happen, it causes the full crowd of students to sit up a little straighter in their seats when he concludes by saying “it’s crazy, so it just might happen.”

  • We all read about history in textbooks and watch historical films, but do we really spend the time to analyze and pick up on the minute details that foreshadow events in our future? Tonight’s Must See Monday Speaker, Eric Newton, delivered a very interesting presentation on the topic of how history certainly cannot solve problems in the future, but perhaps can lead to new innovations. In order to accept this notion, I had to be open-minded and follow his advice: think crazy. Mr. Newton presented a series of past happenings, crises, and awakenings, that he proved reoccurs about every 80 years through a series of 4 points: Media, science fiction, patterns, and new media. Mr. Newton was able to take us through a time span of past events and display how they are cycling in our present society. My favorite point of Mr. Newton was how science fiction writers are more accurate than the experts. The main problem with the experts is they are trying to predict future events based on what is already known. They are not factoring in the cyclone effect of past events. Science fiction writers on the other hand have the gift of using their imagination. When people watch science fiction films and shows such as Star Trek, Space Odyssey, and The Jetsons, it is noticeable that they were leading inspirations to making cellphones, the I-Pad, and Skype. All of these ideas were once considered crazy and represented the impossible, but look at where technology is today. Science fiction writers are not that far off from reality. Journalism will never die; instead, technology is just going to have to change. There is no say as to when or how fast these changes will be made, but the advances in the past decade verify the doors are open for people our age to invent the possible.

  • Tonight’s must-see Monday was a presentation by Eric Newton about “A History of the Future of News: What 1767 Tells Us About 2110.” He spoke of the evolving ages of ideas and movements in technology and communication since 1767. According to Newton, “Every American generation grows up with a different type of media in a sentence.” Essentially, the way we go wrong when predicting the future is by leaving it to the experts to predict based on what they know now. However, we must see the “cyclone around us,” the forward movement unleashing tremendous force. Newton talked about how science fiction, in fact, is more on track in predicting the future than the experts. Throughout the presentation he went through each age’s signature technological advancement and the probable and pressing future of World War 3.0 of cyber armies, and the importance of our “millennial” generation to innovate and transcend the limits of today, to shape the future in preparation of World War 4.0, the probability of a world war of humans against machines, wearable media, universal database transparency. In retrospect, the goal throughout all awakening and crises that occur every 80 years is to improve more truthful storytelling in all media, to change and adapt to the times as living , growing and evolving journalism.

  • Tonight’s Must See Monday surprised me because I had not realized before tonight that technology has been rapidly changing and will continue to change each and every single day. Eric Newton did a great job explaining the timeline of technology and how it has evolved in journalism and around the world in general. By him showing a slideshow of how the timeline seemed to look like really helped me understand what he was trying to explain. I was fascinated when he mentioned how in the future somehow eventually there will be robots and other types of inventions for the human culture. I would only hear and see that in movies and I would have never thought that eventually our world will experience things like that. A thing I found unfortunate about journalism in the future is how print journalism will eventually be extinct. It seems as if that idea becomes much more true as each year passes by. Though I still have hope print journalism will still be alive for a very long time.

  • With all the improvements in technology and furiously growing social media outlets, it can seem as though the world of journalism is changing more than ever. That, however, is not true at all. Eric Newton, Senior Advisor to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, reminded Cronkite students at tonight’s Must See Monday that our generation is not the first nor the only one to experience such rapid growth in media and technology. He explained that there is a pattern in history that shows a major crisis followed by an “awakening” approximately every 80 years. Looking back, every generation “grew up” with it’s own type of media: our grandparents grew up with the radio, our parents withe the TV, our generation has the internet, and the generations to come will have different ways of communication as well. As scary and unknown as the changes to come may be, Newton stated that it is “basic human need not just to know, but to tell,” so even though journalism is continuing to adapt to its current settings, it will always be around, just in a different way.

  • This week’s Must See Monday,”A History of the Future of News: What 1767 Tells Us About 2110,” featuring Eric Newton who discussed his theory on the changing world of media. He detailed how the media changes form one generation to the next; from the Compromise generation to the Cyber generation. Also, his lecture focused on the fascinating predictions people made and the actual changes that occurred. It is amazing how so many people stayed inside the comfort zone of logical reason and would not dare step out into the unknown. The future is right around the corner and is coming closer as time ticks. Newton says the future is for those who “Think crazy!” The science fiction visionaries who are not afraid to take risks and be laughed at by the inside the box thinkers. His lecture was inspiring because it gave permission to be creative and have non traditional ideas. The world of media is changing quicker than it ever has before and in order to stay current one has to constantly be on the edge and try new things. This is where it leads into one of his great topics of the night, an educational “Next Big Thing” think tank! I think that is an excellent idea and should be implemented at the Cronkite School. How amazing would it be to have the best journalism students in the country spearhead an idea and network it across the country and the world. It will give students a new sense of ability and entrepreneurship. Eric Newton was a fascinating speaker and I look forward witnessing and being a part of the next generation of the media.

  • According to Eric Newton of the Knight Foundation, my grandchildren will have computers attached to their brains. No, Newton doesn’t have a crystal ball—he has a formula of predicting the future of media based on patterns of communication in the past, a thorough investigation of media as it is today, and even by taking some inspiration from science fiction (he presented three modern technologies, Skype, cell phones and the iPad, and showed us how they were “predicted” by science fiction almost half a century ago in “The Jetsons,” “Star Trek” and 2001: A Space Odyssey, respectively).
    The underlying theme of the entire Must See Monday was the fact that the future is “crazy.” Although Newton is understandably proud of his formula, it really could just as kooky as Harold Camping’s rapture prediction earlier this year. Newton suggested that students prepare themselves by learning to perform in the future that has been/is being predicted, while also being flexible to a random turn-of-events.

  • Eric Newton’s lecture today reminded me of George Orwell’s book called “1984” which was written in the late 1940’s. In this book Orwell draws up a story about a man and his life living in the year 1984. In this man’s life there are cameras everywhere and people are always being watched by the government etc. Just the fact that Orwell’s prediction were just a little off, his predictions were still interesting to read. This lecture really opened my eyes about just how fast technology is growing. The one quote that really caught my attention tonight was when he said, “New tools make new rules.” Though simple and straight to the point, this stretched my brain out more than I expected it to. “New tools make new rules,” to me this means the further technology grows the more different our society will grow. Generations are all growing with such dramatic change from the one before it.
    When he talked about future generations of technology (if the patterns continue) it really all made sense to me. Although every future technology he said sounded impossible to me… cellphones sounded impossible just 50 years ago. I’m excited to see how much of his predictions really do come true. I wouldn’t be surprised if they all did!

  • Tonight’s Must See Monday was truly inspiring, Eric Newton gave us a lot of food for thought. He emphasized how technology is ever changing in this digital age and how many of the common uses of technology nowadays were a “crazy idea” represented in the entertainment industry. For instance, the concept of video calling (aka Skype) was first in The Jetsons and the concept of cell phones was introduced in Star Trek. But these crazy futuristic ideas became realities, which shows how important it is to think outside the box in order to bring on advancements in this new age. These advancements are what will move journalism along and promote progress and that makes it so that it accommodates the general public. The focus is always on the reader and what appeals to them so it is important to accommodate them. As journalists it is important to keep updated on all these advancements and incorporate them in their work.

  • Whenever I was lucky enough as a kid to catch a rerun of The Jetsons, I always fantasized about how wonderful it would be to live in such a futuristic society. Tonight’s Must See Monday has officially changed that for me. Eric Newton, senior adviser of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, was the speaker of this event. His discussion about the history of the future of news explained where the digital age will more than likely take our society next.

    Newton discussed that the ages that lie ahead for the world will all surround technology: the intelligent media age, the hybrid age, and the courageous age. It seems to me that within these age, there will be little room for the characteristics that made us human in the first place.

    For today’s lecture in JMC 110, we were to read an excerpt from Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild. What Christopher McCandless accomplished seems to be the exact opposite of the direction that society is headed. In the wild, McCandless was independent of absolutely every societal restraint. With the way technology is shaping our future, it seems as though it will be impossible to live on our own without the dependence of technological advancements. It seems like it might even be a struggle to simply function normally at all.

    So, sure, in the future (most likely) we’ll be advanced, but will we be happy? We’ll know everything, but will there be room to actually live? Who’s really living if some gadget is feeding us our every thought? Newton explained that in order to get to the future, there needs to be people to shape it. As a journalist, I’m not so sure that I want to take part in the shaping of our destruction.

  • Eric Newton’s Must See Monday presentation on the future of journalism was very interesting and very important. Newton took us through the history of journalism from 1767 through 2110. He discussed the field from its pamphlet beginnings all the way through its present state of mobile and social media. He then went on to discuss future ideas of intelligent, hybrid, hyper, and omni media. He related all the different types of technology and world events that shape each media generation, pointing out that about every eighty years there is a crisis and awakening that generates a new generation of media. Newton emphasized how journalists must engage in technology and also understand that today’s technology is only the very surface of the digital age as a whole. And with new technology comes new ways to do things and new rules, therefore, Newton encourages that we rewrite the codes of ethics. Newton’s other main point was that the future is the product of crazy thinking. He gave many examples of how current technologies are the product of science fiction writers from years ago. We cannot think based on what we currently know, for this is assuming time is linear when it is in fact multi-dimensional. So in closing, Eric Newton asks us to “think crazy, off-the-planet crazy” and embrace the ever-changing world of journalism for the better.

  • To be frank, tonight’s MSM has left me freaked out about the future. A world war where we fight nonhumans? Despite how crazy this sounds, Eric Newton, Senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, has me completely convinced that this is where the digital age is leading the world.

    “Everyday there’s cyber-attacks already,” Newton said. “We’ve already entered World War 3.0.”

    Well, don’t I just feel silly for not looking at technology at this angle. I’m a journalist, and I feel like my job is to take the truth and look at it from every angle. Newton definitely changed the Internet’s perspective to me tonight.

    I’m still a firm believer that social media and the Internet has benefited journalism, News is now, not yesterday. However, I never considered the concept that “we build the machines that build more intelligent machines” as Newton said. In that world, which happens to be the present, machines are going to become smarter than the humans who originally invented them.

    That’s pretty much where I became freaked out. Then Newton discussed how information will be “downloaded into brains,” and robobots will consume our lives, and it’s a little too much to comprehend.

    Unfortunately, I find this all very believable though. Like Newton said, Skype was merely an idea of off the Jetsons. Who knew?!

    Clearly this new world, we’ve only begun to delve into, has opportunities as far the one’s imagination goes. Newton recommends reading more scifi, well sure if that will help me survive this technological universe, and then I’ll suck it up and try to gain ideas from my imaginations and from science fiction.

    Newton said he’s almost glad he’ll be dead before the robobots take over and World War 4.0 begins, I almost wish I could say that. This new future is exciting but right now has me afraid that humans won’t be the high power anymore. In my world, that’s just science fiction.

  • In the words of Eric Newton, “we need to think off the planet crazy” in order to move forward into the future. It is almost scary how the movement of technology has evolved in such a short amount of time. When you really think about it cell phones and apple products of today have essentially taken over our world in a matter of a few decades. In a world where the consumer is always wanting more and the inventor can never make his or her invention “perfect” our technology will never stop evolving. So when do we begin to put limits on our evolution? Will monsters that were once a fragment of one’s imagination run our future society? I can only hope that our future generations will not succumb to the desires of wanting more. Although the latest technologies are what we see as a way of survival, I think that following the cycle of crisis and inventing such “off the planet crazy” technologies such as cranial downloads, media implants, and newsbots may be taking our constant progression a little too far. There will come a time when the cycle must be broken to keep our society well…a society.

  • Today Eric Newton, Senior Advisor to the President of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, spoke out to the public about history and the future of news. Specifically what 1767 tells us about 2100-2110. He eagerly told us that as Cronkite students we are attending the only University that is a two time winner for media innovation from the Knight Foundation. The lecture proceeded into how one may know what will happen in the future, especially to a year so far away like 2110. People in their twenties currently play key roles, people like us. Every new generation creates new news media outlets. Ever since the American Revolution, all throughout civil war and the third awakening, new medias have developed. From pamphlets to the world wide web the news world is evolving.

    In order to keep developing and opening our minds to newer and more intelligent ways of learning and experiencing news in our world we, as journalists, must do a number of things. We must be more creative, have truthful storytelling, watch more science fiction, understand the past and present of news etc. Basically, we must think of crazier and grandiose ways to further the development of news media in order to progress in the future.

  • Eric Newton, the senior advisor to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, discussed the changing face of the future of news as part of the Muse See Monday speaker series. Newton discussed how in order to really understand how the future will shape up, you must think crazy. Newton then showed various slides and graphs that showcased the different forms of news from 1767 to 2110. Newton’s projections of the future of news may seem strange, but thinking crazy, his conclusions truly make sense. Newton discussed the numerous types of news stubbornly creeping into our futures, such as intelligent media, bio media, hyper media and omni media, all of which contain a vast amount of virtual wonders. Although at first it seems frightening that “World War 3.0”, a battle in cyberspace, is most likely going to break out, Newton emphasized how our country is effective at winning wars, and from this war, we can build news institutions and strong societies. Overall, I was especially intrigued by Newton’s presentation about the future of news. I definitely can see where he is coming from, and I believe that some of these drastic changes are definitely due for our current media.

  • Eric Newton, the senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, spoke in the Walter Cronkite School’s first amendment forum Monday night on the future and history of news. Newton emphasized in the lecture, what 1676 tells us about 2110, that the technology we are using today seemed crazy at one point but many of the inventions we now use such as Skype, cell phones, and the iPad were seen in movies years ago. He said that every American generation grows up with a different form of media starting in 1767. In 1767 it began with pamphlets and from there media progressed to newspapers, then to daily newspapers because of the printing press, then the telegraph and so on. He also said that history shows every 80 years there is a tragedy or great awakening, for example the civil war was 80 years before WWII and we will be another time of tragedy and experience World War 3.0. He also said that there are already “cyber armies.” According to Newton, media is becoming more personal, portable, and participatory. He also said that the journalism and mass communication field is changing drastically and that print journalism will die. He predicted that in the future there will be intelligent media, bio media (which will include augmented reality), machine awareness, hyper media where data will be imported to our brains, and also Omni media where information will be exported from our brains in the form of things such as telepathy. At the conclusion of these changes he predicted there will be a World War 4.0, he said this is a war in which humans will be fighting against non-humans. At the end of this lecture he said that there are multiple reasons why this wouldn’t happen but reminded the audience that no matter how crazy it seems it is still an option.

  • Tonight I listened to Eric Newton give his presentation on “A history of the future of news: What 1767 tells us about 2110” Eric Newton is a seasoned and hardworking journalist and is currently the senior advisor to the president of the Knight foundation. During his presentation he outlined some various points including stating that no one knows how the future will turn out, science fiction is doing the best job of depicting the future, and every generation grows up with a different common type of media. Newton talked a lot about the Evolution of Human Communication. Starting with the visual age during 1-2M BC and going all the way through to the 90’s and today with the digital age. Newton noted that communications is on an exponential rise and that we predict the future based on what we know now. He also cited some obvious examples of science fiction depicting the future with Skype on the Jetsons, cell phones on Star Trek, and the iPad on A Space Odyssey. Newton opened my eyes to the fact that each generation comes of age as a different news medium is rising with awakenings and crises occurring every 80 years. This timeline is extremely consistent. I loved his thoughts on the future of digital media and it opened my eyes to many things that were slightly obvious yet I did not realize. I really appreciated this presentation.

  • The Must See Monday presented tonight was unbelievable. Eric Newton, presidential advisor of the Knight Foundation, spoke about the progress man, as a species, has made since 1767. He organized the presentation based on innovations and their respective impacts on the world. Mr. Newton stated that a crisis occurs approximately eighty years, a shockingly accurate statement. He also said that all the advancements in technology, as beneficial as they may be, ultimately would lead to WW3.0. Newton also pointed out how current devices were conceived in past media: Skype from the Jetsons, cell phones in Star Trek, and concepts for future cityscapes. However, from this will arise WW4.0, humans vs. robots: the ultimate showdown and the cliché science fiction theme. Such a possibility is scary to consider, because 2040 is not that far away. Newton reassured us that there are 7 billion reasons none of it will happen. It still did not settle the mood because he ended the presentation with “it’s crazy, so it just might happen.”

  • “It’s definitely crazy, so it might happen.” – Eric Newton

    I guess I sat down in the First Amendment Forum tonight without any expectations. I really hadn’t put any insight into the title of tonight’s Must See Monday, but Eric Newton’s presentation definitely sticks with me as I write this and will probably define a large part of my life whether I like it or not. There isn’t really a way to confirm that anything he spoke about tonight will definitely happen, but we’ve all thought about it from time to time. Some of the revolutionary ideas in his presentation were scarier then others (i.e. artificial intelligent gaining self-awareness) and others were down right exciting. But maybe it’s because I can’t possibly imagine so much change occurring in such little time. And then I stop to remind myself that change of that magnitude occurs constantly, and that is how we’ve even made it to the Digital Age we live in today. The predictions that have been made seem silly out of context, but it really might happen. I just hope my grandchildren survive whatever Terminator apocalypse happens in the next 100 years.

  • This week’s “Must See Monday” (October 14, 2011) featured Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Newton’s presentation focused on the path of technology and its effect on news and other media outlets, specifically the social progress of “crisis” to “awakening”.

    By “crisis”, Newton was referring to the idea of a national or global event that had immediate negative impact on society, such as World War II. And each “crisis” occurs roughly every eighty years or so and leads to the eventual “awakening”. The “awakening” refers to the period when the culture has a major revitalization, such as the Renaissance or the Great Awakening. Newton also went on to say that if such a pattern persists into the future that society will eventually advance itself into extinction through “World War 4”, a war between humans and non-humans (machines, the environment, etc.).

    All in all, Newton’s presentation was awe-inspiring and a truly fantastic perception on the future of our society and journalism in the long run.

  • This Monday, Eric Newton came and visited to talk to us Cronkite students. Newton is the Senior Advisor to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight foundation and the creator of the Newseum in Washington D.C. This week’s topic was “A History of the Future of News: What 1767 tells us about 2100”. He said that science fiction writers go with their imagination, so they bridge fiction to reality better than the experts. For example, The Jetsons, dating from the 1960’s, had a device similar to the ever-so-popular Skype. Also, he said that every American generation grows up with a different sense of media, meaning that each generation since the Revolutionary War comes of age as a different news medium rises. The digital age is the new age, starting from 1991 and continues through today. In the future, Newton predicts that every public information material will be public, and available all the time. The next age after that will have media implants, with enhanced human capacity. I was intrigued through the discussion and his predictions, and also terrified of the World War 3.0. I am going to try and keep my notes so that one day, when I get older and the time periods he discussed become the current time, I can look back and see if his predictions were accurate.

  • At the last Must See Monday event, Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation discussed “A History of the Future of News: What 1767 tells us about 2110. This presentation was really interesting to me because Newton talked about the future of news. He discussed how the industry has changed and what it will soon become. We looked back at a few clips from early movies and TV shows such as a Space Odyssey and Star Trek. It was the inventions of cell phones and the iPad that came from an idea in these shows. Newton mentioned that profoundly the new digital age no one knows how it’s going to turn out. Newton said “the first thing to predict the future is to think crazy.” Another thing he mentioned was that it’s been about every 80 years that there has been a crises and a great awakening where new things are discovered. He broke the different generations in categories such as these:
    From 2001 to 2026 we are currently in the cyber generation, where mobile and social media is what’s emerging among us. This includes things such as smart phones, tablets, remote sensing, blogs, and citizen media and so on. He also went on and discussed the further future generations such as visionary, 2027-2047, Hybrid, 2048-2068, and Courageous, 2069-2089. Newton said that we are only scratching the surface of the digital age and there’s still so much to explore. I’ve learned a lot about this lecture and I think it really opened the eyes to many of the students at Cronkite. One of Newton’s ending quotes was that “If we don’t engage in the new technology we’re not engaging in our near future.” It’s important for us as journalist to keep up with the latest technology because its new ways and outlets for us to do what we do, which is to deliver new and inform the public.

  • I’ve been looking forward to tonight’s Must See Monday for a while because I have been hearing a lot of buzz about the presentation around the Cronkite school lately. Like I had hoped, the featured speaker did not disappoint.

    Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, covered a timeline of journalism from 1767 to 2110. As journalism students of the digital age, we are constantly hearing that we are in a new age of media coverage. However, Newton assured that every American generation since the American Revolution has lived with a different type of media on the rise. He said it is a pattern; journalism is constantly changing.

    During the American Revolution, pamphlets such as Common Sense were the newest form of media. Since then, different forms of media including the Penny Press, Associated Press, telegraph, radio, TV, magazines and the internet have transformed the way journalists cover the news. Newton explained how the people find new ways to be heard with every generation.

    According to Newton, we are currently in the middle of World War 3.0, the war of the digital age. Last year the government declared that the web is officially in a cyber war. Since the rise of the internet, the news has become more personal, portable and participatory. Newton predicted that the media of the future will become even smarter and will continue conversation through computers, newsbots and newsdrones. The future of media will be a time where individuals will be able to experience anything on the planet as if they were there, and as long as a newsbot was there. Everything will be available to anyone all the time

    As the media continues to transform with each generation, someone has to shape the future. Newton asked, “Is that too much for 20-somethings to do?” then responded, “I don’t think so.” Newton’s hope for the future of journalism makes me look forward to the new media innovations that lie ahead.

  • “The first principle in predicting the future is to think crazy.”

    This is what Eric Newton, Senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, said tonight at Must See Monday.

    Before predicting what news will be like in future generations, Newton talked about what the past generations have been like.

    Starting in 1767, in the Compromise generation, pamphlets were the form of media that existed. Partisan weekly newspapers came in the Transcendental generation. The Gilded generation brought populist daily newspapers. The Associated Press arrived during the Progressive generation. Illustrated magazines came in the Missionary generation. The Lost generation brought major metropolitan daily newspapers. Photography in print arrived during the G.I. generation. Radio newscasts came in the Silent generation. The Boom generation brought glossy colored magazines. TV newscasts arrived during the Gen X generation. The World Wide Web came in the Millennial generation. Mobile and social media exist in the generation we are currently in, the Cyber generation, and will be in until 2026.

    After talking about the media that has existed in past generations, he went on to the predictions of what media will be like in the future.

    He also added, “When a media pops, that’s when it shapes us and we shape it.”

    The generation that is predicted for 2027-2047 is the Visionary generation. This will mainly be intelligent media, including smart grids, robotics and artificial intelligence. All media will be smart. Public information will be public the moment it enters a computer.

    The Hybrid Generation is predicted for 2048-2068. This will be based on bio media, including nanotechnology, media implants and enhanced human capacity. People will be able to pass their life experiences on. “People will be able to ask you questions when you’re dead and your digital memory will answer,” Newton said. You could hear laughter across the room after that.

    The generation that is predicted for 2069-2089 is the Courageous generation. This will mainly be hyper media, including cranial downloads and thought aggregators.

    From 2090-2110, the generation that is predicted is the Enlightened Generation. This will be based on omni media.

    So what’s a journalism major to do?

    Newton had five main points of advice:

    -Learn truthful storytelling in all media.

    -Watch a lot more science fiction.

    -Rewrite codes of ethics.

    -Develop sources for covering World War 3.0 and new social structures that may emerge.

    -Play your historic role without fear or favor, balancing mind, body and soul.

    Newton said there are many possible reasons why the predictions may not come true, but said “they’re definitely crazy, so they might happen.”

  • Tonight I attended Eric Newton’s lecture entitled “The History of the Future of News: What 1767 tells us about 2100.” Newton, the Senior Advisor to the President of the Knight Foundation, discussed basically how journalism is changing as a result of the digital age. Newton told us, “We predict the future based on what we know,” but because technology is changing, we cannot accurately predict what the future is going to look like. He went through at least ten cycles that people have experienced in history based on the media aspect, starting with pamphlets and partisan weekly newspapers to mobile devices and social media. Newton also projected what the future might be like if new forms of media are constantly changing. He used examples like robotics, nanotechnology and telepathy. While he did go into some depth of these cycles and potential cycles, Newton admitted that we are “just scratching the surface of the digital age.” But as he closed, Newton encouraged the aspiring journalists by saying, “To get to the future, someone has to shape it. And that gets to be you.” It is exciting to know that with all of the changes in journalism today and the technology aspect of it, I get to be a part of it and help shape the future.

  • In this day and age news and media are constantly changing. As Eric Newton said, “Every American grows up with a new form of media in ascendence.” In the beginning there were pamphlets, which transcended into weekly newspapers and soon daily newspapers and the Associated Press. Over the years media continually evolved and is still doing so. Approximately every 80 years there is a “great awakening” that seems to bring about even more change. Science fiction writers use their imaginations, where as most people tend to predict what will happen based on what is known. The examples Newton used in showing similarities between technology now and science fiction were interesting. They ranged from The Jetsons and Skype to Star Trek and cell phones. The discussion of what is next in media was particularly intriguing to me. The possibilities are endless. There is so much that can be done with technology, but like Newton said, “To get to this future, someone has to shape it.”

  • Eric Knewton is a Senior Adviser to the president of the John S and James L. Knight Foundation. He explains that no one can tell the turn out of the digital age, science fiction equals big influence, each American generation come of age as a different news medium is rising, and people in the 20’s play a key role. We predict the future based on what we know. Eric tells us that every 80 years a crisis and a great awakening known as the light bulb, telephone, and film. He explains that the future is going to play a big role in the media. Also how there is going to be a World War 4.0 humans against non-humans. He is basically predicting the future of technology and what our world is going to become. For example, in the years 2027-2047 intelligence medias generation: visionary, cloud smart grids, robotics, and artificial intelligence. So all media will be smart, news bots, and universal data. Technology is taking over more and more every day.

  • Tonight’s Must-See Monday was presented by Dean Callahan and hosted by Eric Newton. Eric Newton is the Senior Adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Newton discussed four main topics with the audience about the future of news and comparing it to the past. 1. He stated how we are currently living in the digital age and no one can tell how it is going to turn out. 2. Science fiction has a large impact and influence on the society of journalism. 3. Each American generation comes of age as a different news medium is rising. 4. People in their 20s play a key role in inventing new news media. Newton’s presentation went on with slides of the history of how news and technology have simultaneously developed dating back to 1767. It was interesting seeing how he tied The Jetsons having a form of Skype, Star Trek having the first “cell phone” and Space Odyssey having the first “Ipad.” He then proceeded to predict the future of technology as far as 2089 along with “World War 4.0- humans against non-humans.” Not likely, right? According to Newton, “we predict the future based on what we know.” This MSM was very interesting and definitely brought my mind to places I’d never thought of before. To sum up this great discussion, Newton ended with; “To get to this future, someone’s got to shape it, and that person is you. Is that too much to handle? I don’t think so.”

  • Tonight Eric Newton spoke to us about the future of Journalism and what technology in media will look like just before the 22nd century. He gave us a timeline that looked pretty interesting to me. Eric believes that communication is on the exponential rise and that we predict the future based on what we know. The future is always changing and there’s nothing we can do about it. It’s inevitable. Eric said something that I thought was pretty interesting. “Science fiction writers are better at predicting the future than the experts.” It’s sad, but true. Everything he was saying in his presentation was true. Like how every 80 years there has been a crisis or an awakening. He used examples like The Revolutionary War to The Civil War and then finally to World War II. Eric predicts that the next world war will be a cyber war. He believes its happening now. I thought his whole presentation was enlightening and really had me thinking into the future.

  • Today’s Must See Monday featured Eric Newton, and his presentation was about the History of the Future of News: What 1767 Tells Us About 2110. At first, I had no idea what to expect. I was not understanding the title and thought I was not going to enjoy it. I was wrong. All of the information Newton gave us was all in front of our faces the entire time, I just never put two and two together. For example, when Newton presented the pictures about Star Trek and the cell phone, 2001: A Space Odyssey and the iPad, and Skype from the Jetsons, I was in shock that I have never noticed that before. What really impressed me was how he predicted the future from the movies and television shows we have now. It is scary to me that we are expecting to have media implants that will make us humans part of technology. It is frightening! Newton said that at some point in time, people will be able to answer questions after they have passed away. It is overwhelming, but we cannot stop it now. In Newton’s words, “Each American generation comes of age as a different news medium is rising.”

  • As we gathered in the First Amendment Forum we listened to Eric Newton who is the senior advisor to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. His presentation was very interesting; he caught and held my attention throughout the entire time he shared with us Cronkite students. One phrase in particular that caught my interest was, “We’ve only scratched the surface of the digital age.” Newton, in my opinion, is one hundred percent right. If we look back throughout the years and see our progression as a society in technology we can conclude that there is much more room to grow. I see our society moving forward at a sky rocketing rate. Our generation is growing up with technology we can barely remember the times before Facebook and Twitter. Our news sources are coming to us faster than when they did by paper. I can imagine in the near future our technology leaders of tomorrow will have created something unique and wonderful to better serve our community.

  • Mr. Newton began his lecture by explaining the beginning of news. He in gave a detailed description of history’s “first ever” news story. After quickly summarizing the history of media Mr. Newton reached the topic which we had all come to learn about, the future of media. Our desired major is such a rapidly changing field few if any have an idea of where future media may go. Mr. Newton informed us that there will most certainly be a time in which the print newspaper completely drops out of existence. From that point the world will engage in an all-out cyber battle which Mr. Newton called “World War 3.0.” In around one-hundred years Mr. Newton mentioned something known as the singularity. The singularity is very similar to the Matrix. Not only will it eliminate a need for schools but for newspapers and television news and many other forms of media. With the singularity humans are basically able to plug in and over night or in a matter of minutes learn whatever they please. The future in my opinion is somewhat troubling. However, Mr. Newton encouraged his audience and provided tips on how to embrace the future of media and potentially prosper in our ever changing field of profession.

  • Eric Newton’s talk at tonight’s Must See Monday addressed all the questions and uncertainties about the future of journalism in a way much different than I have ever heard before. Early in the talk, Newton said that the first principle in predicting the future is thinking crazy; not out of the box, but out of this world. Next, he presented the idea that each American generation uses a new news medium. He showed us the way these mediums have evolved over time, beginning with pamphlets during the American Revolution and moving forward in time all the way to today’s mobile and social media and what he called world war 3.0, which would consist of cyber attacks in the digital world. Newton went even further forward, his predictions becoming more and more difficult to imagine outside of a science fiction movie. He presented the idea that technology drives the future of news and that if we, as journalists, do not engage with the technology, we are not engaging our future. The point of the lecture was not to show us that journalism will disappear with the development of such technologies as Bio Media and Omni Media, but that journalism will change. Newton said, toward the end of his talk, that society will always need someone to provide an independent, truthful source of information. This will always be the job of the journalist, even if the way we work changes.

  • Mr. Newton made some very interesting points in his lecture. We have been learning about the different eras of journalism in Principles and History of Journalism, nut I had never looked at the history of journalism in the way Mr. Newton suggested. Every generation really has been defined by their own media outlet. From the newspaper era to the television era, every generation has gotten their news differently and at different speeds. This creates a generation wide attention span, as Mr. Newton mentioned. The phrase “the latest scoop” has a different timeline for each era. In the newspaper era for example people were much more patient that those of us who grew up in the digital age.
    As far as “thinking crazy” to predict the future, I am not as on board with that idea. I do think that predicting the future can be effective. It can help a person be more prepared and adaptable. But, it can also create paranoia. While I see the validity of Mr. Newton’s predictions, I do not know how I could use them in my own life.

  • Tonight’s Must See Monday was with Eric Newton, the senior adviser to the president of the Knight Foundation, and he spoke about the history and future of journalism. Newton spoke about the history of journalism and how it has developed over time, starting with Thomas Paine’s pamphlets, up until the technology we have in media today. The digital world has been changing so quickly, and it is crazy to think about how much more will change in the future. I thought it was really interesting how shows have predicted and influenced future technology, such as Skype in The Jetsons, and the cell phone in Star Trek. Newton spoke about how different generations have grown up with different forms of media, and it made me wonder how different and even more advanced the technology of future generations will be. He told us that in order to progress, we must watch more science fiction and think of crazy ideas. Overall, I thought this Must See Monday was very interesting, and it gave me a new perspective on journalism and our future.

  • It would be an understatement to say that my mind was blown at tonight’s Must See Monday. Among a couple other things that changed in me tonight is my respect for science-fiction. Before Eric Newton’s lecture, my feelings of science fiction was the same as my feelings on fairytales: unrealistic and a waste of time. I’ll admit I judged science fiction without any real knowledge on it. Nonetheless, my new found understanding for the subject has raised many questions and opened many possibilities in my head. Eric Newton talked about the ever changing media and how it is portrayed. These days, thinking out of the box is simply not enough. “Think crazy” should be coined the new expression for innovators in this digital age. He emphasized that the media changes every so often due to crisis. It is an almost comforting thought that out of catastrophe comes awakenings. The cyber generation that boomed from 9-11 and the recession is fascinating but not as intriguing generation visionary and generation hybrid. The thought of robotics, media implants and a war against machines is a little intimidating but now seems more likely to happen. Once the lecture hit the Enlightened generation, I had already felt as if I had been taken far, far into the future. I’m guessing this was “the point of no return” as Eric Newton had said. I must add though that when we get that advanced into technology, I’m not sure I’d want to return to the simpler times. That being said, tonight’s Must See Monday was one that will resonate as I learn and grow with this digital age

  • ​Eric Newton, Senior Advisor to the President of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, led the Must See Mondays lecture, “A History of the Future of News: What 1767 Tells Us About 2110,” and made some dubious points about the gradual change in media and journalism. He began the chronological tour of the ever-changing media world with verbal communication, then upgraded to the pamphlet; penny press; the telegraph until we  arrived to where we are today—helplessly occupied by our cell phones, iPads, televisions and computers. He touched on how early popular TV programs helped the creation of many of the devices we have the opportunity of using. The Flintstones had its version of Skype, where its characters were able to communicate via video, and Star Trek unveiled the planet’s first cell phone. These out-of-the-box inventions backed the words of Newton, when he said we must think “crazy and out of this world,” when moving forward in this digital age.

  • A Look Into The Future of Journalism, By: Analise Ortiz

    At tonight’s Must-See Monday, Eric Newton discussed the future of journalism as it spirals into a realm never-before known to mankind. Newton discussed that we predict the future by what we know, therefore, in order to accurately predict the future, we must “think crazy.” After demonstrating how predictions of the future in the past have become our present reality, Newton predicted his own view of the future. By 2040, he said, an intelligent media will haven taken over daily newspapers. A person could experience any news event as if they were really there so long as a “newsbot” is on scene. Eventually, man will be able to download information into their own mind. Man will become so integrated with machine, that ones entire life experience could be saved as a datafile. Newton’s notion of the future inspired me to think about being more than just a journalist, but an innovator. As technology evolves, so must news writing evolve with it. And as news writing evolves, the journalist must become more accustomed to these advancements. Additionally, the struggle to be perceived as “creative” and “unique” in an era run primarily by autobots is a task I find intriguing. I believe the journalist will become more humanistic, and less objective, bringing emotions and personal aspects to stories. While the future seems far off, it is rapidly changing with each-coming year. As a student of journalism, I look forward to changing along with the elements of technology used in news media. It can be extremely beneficial, so long as we utilize our tools in a honest and responsible way.

  • This evening in the First Amendment Forum, Eric Newton brought a very intriguing topic to the table. With the uncertainty of the future of journalism and its rapid progression in the digital age, it is hard to not wonder what the future holds. In front of one of the largest crowds of this year’s Must See Monday series, Mr. Newton explained his theory on how technology and journalism will progress into the year 2110. With history showing the exponential growth of forms of communication, it is only logical to think technology will keep progressing and bring new mediums of journalism to our society. Newton stated, “Today, we are just scratching the surface of the digital age.” He believes that science fiction is a great predictor of what the future holds. Today’s technologies, such as Skype and cell phones, were depicted on television many years before they were actually invented. Newton predicts that there will be a World War 3.0 (cyber war) and also World War 4.0 (man vs. machine). He also discussed his prediction that between 2090-2110 we will have “omni media” which includes thought projection and telepathy. These are all very wild guesses, but he stated that you must think in a crazy way in order to make great advances.

  • Eric Newton’s lecture emphasizes the progression of technology throughout the years and its role in journalism’s evolution. Science fiction writers and past movies have seemed to generate the overall outcome of technology through predictions, rendering this reality completely mind-altering. To think that the “cyclone” which is always turning and moving forward has ties to preconceived notions made by society in just which direction this whirlwind would go in, establishes steps in technology as completely impressionable ones. We, the people decide how we want technology to be involved in our lives and to what extent. However, it has come to the point that we may have to prepare for the control we seem to have a hold on now to be surrendered to the very variable that we command currently-technology. After hearing Newton stress the importance of the influence of these changes upon our own career paths, this revelation enabled me to open my eyes up to the future of journalism. Inevitably, we are held hostage to the concept of technology being the core of our existence. A wave of fear and excitement come over me as I present Newton’s words to myself over and over again. This “World War 3.0” is present whether we want to acknowledge it or not and the rate at which technology has progressed just throughout these last twenty years should be drastic enough for us to address such an issue.

  • Briefly after Dean Callahan’s warm introduction of Eric Newton, Cronkite students divulged into a world that surpasses yesterday and has the ability to fulfill our most bizarre childhood dreams; a world of tomorrow. Eric touched on journalism throughout the ages; going beyond past forms, he gave insight on how technological advances will change the face of journalism. Mr. Newton linked technology utilized in old television shows, such as The Jetsons and Star Trek, to devices, we deem as practical today in the 21st century. While regular people predict the future based on their knowledge, we, as journalists, must be innovative in order to create and to spark progress. Mr. Newton provided insight on future generations in a very organized and clear way. The first, which is visionary, will be the rise of intelligence in media form including, robotics and artificial intelligence. The Hybrid generation will bring about the rise of bio media, which will spark the use of media implants and will introduce enhanced human capacities. The courageous generation will be the rise of hyper media, a science fiction based type of media will emerge. The information Mr. Eric Newton shared at this Must See Monday event was thought-provoking. His level of expertise and passion on the topic he covered was apparent. As for me, I cannot wait to see what the future holds and hope to witness some of Mr. Newton’s outrageous predictions.

  • “It’s definitely crazy…so it might happen. Today we’re just scratching the surface of the digital age.”
    Eric Newton of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, spoke to us tonight about the future of journalism: “A History of the Future of News: What 1767 Tells Us About 2110” and what we can supposedly expect in the years to come. His words were vivid, engaging and, at times, frightening. His presentation reminded me of the idea of a “literary journalist” like we learned in JMC110 earlier today. The world is always changing and journalists must change with it. In his prediction (along with the Newseum) by 2090, we will be in an Omni-Media state. With thought projection and telekinesis. Following the machine takeover. As fictitious as this sounds, his findings found that every 80 years there is a “great awakening,” or a great crisis/new war. While we are in the “multi-media” era, there is much more to follow, including the World War 3.0, an online, media war. I found this Must See Monday quite interesting and also scary. The world changes in an instant and I hope that the human race/journalists will be able to keep up.

  • In today’s Must See Monday, Eric Newton definitely captured my attention. Mr. Newton’s points and analysis of the past make perfect sense-because it is obvious when we look back. However, he brought up an excellent point about the future. If we only imagine what falls in line with the present then it is not innovation. In his analysis, Eric Newton presented a few timeless truths. The most inspiring and encouraging thing was hearing him say “ People in their 20s play a key role in developing new media… always have.” We do not have to wait to start thinking of new things, in fact, we should not wait at all. We have so many tools at our disposal. At the very least, we can start blogging and using social media. However, we also have the support of student organizations and programs. This is the time for change. Mr. Newton made another excellent point when he said, “ All the things you do now become exponentially more important as technology becomes exponentially larger.” It will become increasingly easier for people to abuse the news through technology which will create a larger demand for those who uphold journalistic values. It will also become more difficult to keep the audience interested, which will challenge journalists to be the very best and most creative. We’re the pioneers of the future.

  • Eric Newton blew the roof off of the Cronkite institute! His farfetched yet seemingly possible theory of media history left the audience wondering how the movies and shows they watched in their youth predicted the now present future. His words “Science fiction is doing a better job at bridging history than the experts” had the audiences’ gears turning. No matter how crazy Newton’s theory might seem, once one takes a look at the evolution of human communication his ideas do not seem so impossible. We live in a world that has evolved from natural, cyclical, and linear ways of thinking to a world that utilizes a multi-platform broadband connection to stay in touch. The future is not set in stone and he showed us that with our known capability to exponentially increase the speed of communication. It is evident in our past; from pamphlets, to partisan weekly newspapers, to the penny press papers, to the contemporary speed of The Associated Press, as well as in the cycle of awakenings or crisis that some experts say reach back to the dawn of human communication. His words and his evidence piqued at my imagination, raising images of a future where there are no longer humans and machines but a hybrid, a being so intelligent that its only goal is to achieve perfection. Achieve perfection in a cyber world where imagination and battlefronts have no boundaries, where the newest apple technology and the latest fashion trend are simultaneous, where news is where you want it to be and you are where the news is. A world where everyone is a part of the same sentient environment, where mankind is no longer at war with itself but with species that are not of flesh and blood but of gigs and bytes. We have definitely crossed into a new era unlike any the world has ever seen; the possibilities extend beyond the last horizon. We have barely scratched the surface of this new digital age. It pleases me to know that myself as well as my peers are the architect that drives this massive engine of change. We will be the ones who deal with the truthfulness and accuracy of the media, the ones who will master this technology based reporting, evolve with every new digital tool, the ones who rewrite the code of ethics, and the ones who will deal with all the results. It is us that execute the plans that build a culture of continuous change.

  • Eric Newton had a tremendous audience todays as students filled the First Amendment Forum for his Must See Monday lecture. It may have been the reward of double extra credit that lured students in, but it was what he said that kept them attentive and interested. The advancement in technology and media in the past and present was interesting. As was what Newton said about the digital age and the evolution of human communication. How Skype was related to The Jetsons, a cell phone related to Star Trek and the iPad related to Space Odyssey. When he spoke of what was to come in the future, I’m sure he had everybody’s attention. All in all Eric Newton’s lecture was very effective and informative. The information he presented was not only appealing but important for our generation. I’m interested in what the future holds for us and what the media will evolve into in the future.

  • Before Eric Newton started talking, I had no idea what the title “what 1767 tells us about 2100” meant. I found his timelines of the different eras very interesting and I he did a great job explaining all the different evolutions of journalism and not only how much it has grown but also how much it will continue to grow. I found his correlations between the wars particularly fascinating and the World War 3.0 will definitely be something to look out for. I also enjoyed his advice for future journalists; he was able to put a serious and humorous twist on each of his points. My favorite part however was when he talked about we always say journalism right now changing more than ever when in fact it has been changing constantly ever since 1767. There will always be something that one generation never had to worry about or something that one generation missed because new methods are always being invented and changed.

  • Tonight, Mr. Eric Newton addressed technology advances and their connection to journalism and each generation. As history progressed, journalism also progressed; from the newspaper era, to television, to the Internet, every generation is connected to a newfound form of journalism. Newton encourages students to “think crazy” and says that in order to predict the future one must think unconventional. For me, this kind of tied into the beginnings of the cell phone. I never knew that cell phones came from Star Trek. With this concept of unconventional thinking, it’s pretty cool to think of all the new inventions in technology that we will have in the future that also spur from random ideas or even something as random as a television show. If these many changes have spurred in media from technology, I cannot imagine the innovations that will change media in the future.

  • Eric Newton really delved inside of the minds of the future journalists in the room, including myself. Early on in his talk and near the end as well, he told us how the new digital age as well as the future upcoming generations of journalism and technology is unknown; no one knows how exactly it will come out. The idea of singularity brings this up and how it consists of predictions that the future is always radically different. From there is showed us the past generations and what medium was the main use during that time. I enjoyed the gradual evolution he showed us, especially how he compared them to many futuristic movies that have been made somewhat recently. Then his visionary, hybrid, courageous and enlightened generations made people start thinking. Although most of us wouldn’t be alive for all of these generations, he showed us the potential of journalism and technology. He displayed to us, using these examples, that journalists have a big influence in the world and it is definitely going change people’s lives in the future.

  • We as journalist must prepare for World War 3.0 immediately! According to Eric Newton who spoke at this week’s Must See Monday, the first war between the non-human forms is imminent. The Digital War is looming, as our cyber armies are currently being built. And,” We are here, right in the middle of it all,” as machines will become self-aware. Back tracking to his opening, words, Newton stated points of our “History of the Future of News: What 1767 tells us about 2100.” One point was that every American generation grows up with a different form of media. We have come from the Age of Visual to our current Age of Digital. It continues to change as Hyper Media emerges and the machines create even more high tech machines at an exponential rate. We will eventually reach, Omi-Media. As I left the lecture with the fear of “I-Robot,” becoming reality in the near future, and of images of mass chaos of iPhones marching humans down the street, I also left with a sense of a mission. “People in their 20’s play key roles in inventing news media.” With that age not too far off, I will face up to that challenge that Newton has set up for us.

  • Tonight we had the wonderful opportunity to listen to Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. I was originally planning on attending simply because it was worth double-extra credit, however, after listening to Mr. Newton speak, I am glad that I decided to go. His lecture about the changes in media over the decades was truly intriguing. To think about where we will be in forty years is almost a scary thought. The vast advancements and changes in technology that are going to occur are enough to change the way in which we live. Interacting with another species that isn’t human is such a strange concept and I find it hard to envision how it is all going to work. It is almost worrying to think that we could be getting into World War 4.0 with a race that isn’t human. I’m not sure I want to be here when that happens. This Must See Monday was extremely interesting and kept me hooked until the very end.

  • Tonight’s Must See Monday may have been one of my favorite lectures this year! Tonight, journalism students had the honor of welcoming to the First Amendment Forum of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Eric Newton. Mr. Newton senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. According to the Knight Foundation’s website, “The Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.” Tonight, Eric discussed the future of news. Maybe the most intriguing quote, Newton stated, “The future of journalism is unknown.” Whether it is mass media, books, or newspapers, in today’s society, Newton mentioned how the news is always changing and evolving. As for the future of journalism, Newton continuously described the different possibilities of journalism, including the idea of Nano technology. Newton caught the attention of many, if not all of the students in attendance tonight and really gave the cliffhanger of the current would in saying that we are only scratching the surface of the digital age.

  • A History of The Future of News: What 1767 tells us about 2100
    Eric Newton

    Tonight’s Must See Monday speaker was Eric Newton who took Cronkite students back through time into the different eras of media and the future of the media world. He explained how there have been four ages of media: visual, language, mass media, and digital and through these ages of media each generation comes of age with a different news medium. Newton showed a pattern of every eighty years how there is a Great Awakening in history. It was really positive to listen to Newton speak of Thomas Paine and his pamphlets and the muckrakers that we have been learning about in class. It validated a lot of the lectures we have had and encouraged me to continue to learn more about the history of journalism because it truly has built the foundation for what journalism is today.

    Then Newton moved on to discuss the future of journalism past 2011 and the potential media has even within the next forty years. Newton closed with the statement “ Today we are just scratching the surface of the digital age.” Which I found to be a powerful message and quite true, considering the Internet was developed only forty years ago and we’ve come, what seems like, so far since then. I believe the concepts we discussed tonight will stay in the back of my mind as I continue my career in journalism and might even become reality in all of our lifetime.

  • Tonight’s Must See Monday gave the audience the exciting opportunity to “travel through time.” This “time traveling” started in the year 1767, where pamphlets were the name of the game, and continued up until the 2100, in which the line between humans and machines is found to be very thin. The speaker tonight was Eric Newton, senior Adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. He started off his lecture by having us give ourselves a round of applause for being here at the Walter Cronkite school of Journalism, which he stated was one of the “hottest” journalism schools today. Newton then showed the audience two books from which he gathered a plethora of information. The first book was, The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe and the second was, The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil. The lecture consisted of numerous tables in which Newton showed the extreme transformations found in technology throughout the years. From the first few words that flowed out of Newton’s mouth up until his final statements it was evident that this man was not only passionate about what he discussed, but also extremely knowledgeable. This Must See Monday was both captivating and informative, a perfect combination! Well done to Mr. Newton!

  • Tonights Must See Monday with Eric Newton offered a great look at the future of journalism. By looking at how journalism has progressed over time, he showed us how we can take that same pattern and apply it to the future. The predictions he brought up were amazing and so advanced it’s crazy to think of society functioning like that one day. And being here at ASU as a journalism student makes me excited for the future and the prospect of being a part of this great future. Some people may think that these advancements may ruin journalism but I think that these will help journalism and get more people even more news faster than ever before. The future is bright for journalism and as long as technology makes great advancements then journalism will be right there with it. I’m excited to be part of the future of journalism and the road it will possibly go down.

  • A History of the Future of News: What 1767 Tells Us About 2110
    Eric Newton – Senior adviser to the president of the John s. and James L. Knight Foundation

    I found tonight’s lecture to be both the most intriguing and the most enjoyable “ See Monday” by far. What really caught my attention were the strange coincidences Mr. Newton presented. In 1767 the new New York was predicted to contain many tall buildings made of stone (skyscrapers) and ships (steamboats). Ideas for modern technology like Skype, the IPad, and the cell phone were derived from movies, which in fact were not based on realistic events, like “The Jetsons”, “Space Odyssey”, and “Star Trek”, respectively. This indeed proves Newton’s closing statement, “if you think of the future and it makes sense, it’s not correct.” In a way, the more radical the idea, the more likely it is to actually occur. With technology seeming to advance every new generation, this leads to new ways of retrieving and reporting the news. By the year 2120, if this pattern persists, new media forms, awakenings, and crises will continue to accelerate beyond our current World War 3.0 to World War 4.0. In this period, Newton predicts that like the arguments and attacks going on in the cyber world today (World War 3.0) will be between humans and non-humans in World War 4.0; Machines will evolve beyond humans. Therefore, it is wise to take an interest in digital media, learn its history and its features, make friends with people who speak “tech.”

  • Eric Newton sparked thrilling thoughts about the future during his appearance at this week’s Must See Monday. The Senior Adviser to the President of the Knight Foundation spoke today about the evolution of mass media throughout the years. Years ago no one knew that we would be in the digital age today. Cell phones and Skype were once only science fiction, portrayed in shows such as “The Jetsens” and “Star Trek.” Technology is always changing, and so is the media. It will be interesting to see how changes in technology and media will affect communication and journalism in the coming years. Much will change in the next couple of years because as of right now “we are only scratching the surface of the digital age.” Eric Newton certainly presented the crowd with very futuristic ideas of what will become of the world. “Think crazy,” Newton said. He predicts that within the next one-hundred years or so technology and media will transition through many stages ultimately leading to World War 4.0 a war between humans and robots. Who knows…

  • Although the sci-fi genre has long remained in the form of fiction, it has recently taken a turn to being a predictor of the future. As presented by Eric Newton at this week’s Must See Monday, technology has risen exponentially over the last half of the century. This increase in technological advancement has led to outcomes that, as Newton pointed out, have drawn parallels to the fictitious inventions found in sci-fi films and writings. Though Newton’s explanations seemed outlandish at first, they became logical as he efficiently pointed out and explained the similarities found between science fiction and reality. While I am still unsure as to whether or not humanity will ever reach the period of new enlightenment, or Omni Media, I do agree with Newton on the terms that today’s youth will be the leaders of not only journalism but also society. Even though this cyclical nature of society has always been in place, today’s technology has put the field of journalism in a unique and opportunistic position for younger generations to redefine the ideals of journalism. Taking the advice of Newton, as leaders of tomorrow’s news, today’s journalists need to start thinking outside the box and work with traditionalists to efficiently update journalism and put it in a position for a successful future.

  • “A History of Future News: What 1767 Tells Us About 2110” with Eric Newton, Senior Advisor to the President of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
    This was probably the most intriguing Must See Monday I’ve been to by far: it was very unique, and the theories speculated in this presentation are quite frightening to think about.
    In this presentation, Mr. Newton had talked about the exponential growth of technology, and how that will affect the way we pursue information and the way we work as Journalists. He talked about how much Journalism has changed in the last ten years alone, and how interconnected the world is, especially with the use of cell phones. He also mentioned how technology would take off from here: soon, technology will not just be a companion of ours, but it will develop to be a part of us. He compared this and other development to the things seen in SciFi movies, and how we already see technology from those movies used in our lives today (like Arthur C. Clarke’s “The Wireless World”, whose work included a space shuttle in it before even Sputnik was launched). Mr. Newton said to keep an eye on Science Fiction, as it may hold many ideas we will see in the future, like cyborgs and such. Personally, I believe not that SciFi predicts what our future has in store for us technology wise, but gives a challenge for inventors, to strive and make fiction into reality. If they continue to do this and continue to push the world forward in technology, I wonder what that means for the future of Journalists. Would our occupation be needed? Will the average person with these new technologies ( in the future) take on the position of Journalist, thus no longer making it an occupation? I suppose that we can only wait and find out.

  • I thought Eric Newton made some interesting points at this Must See Monday. I found his point that science fiction has done a pretty good job of predicting future technology quite accurate and definitely true, with the Jetson’s version of Skype and the cell phones in an episode of Star Trek. Newton was right when he said that to predict what will happen, we have to think outside the box. The depiction of New York in 1999 that he showed us was an incorrect prediction because the technology was what was current when it was made. To even come close to possibly predicting what technological advancements will happen in the future of journalism, journalists need to think way outside the box. As Newton mentioned in his lecture, technology has changed dramatically within the past five years, and even the past year, as social networking sites like Twitter have gotten even more popular. He said that “each US generation comes of age as a different news medium is rising,” and this is definitely true, with just how much technology has changed in the last century. In conclusion, I enjoyed Newton’s lecture, but the extreme technological advancements he talked about honestly made me a little frightened for the future.

  • “The digital age of communication” is how Eric Newton describes our current state in journalism.
    What does 1767 tell us about 2100? The history of communication, as described by Mr. Newton, is split up into four parts. The first being “visual,” as in the time of the cavemen. The next, “language” which started around 100,000 BCE. After that came “Mass Media” which started around 1450 CE. The last, for now, being the “Digital” age. We are currently in that state and have been since about 1991. Our current state in communications was made possible by Geostationary satellites. These were thought to be crazy before they were actually made. The key to innovation is being crazy and doing what was thought impossible. That is how we have been able to progress in the field of journalism.
    Is there anything that you see today that seems like a joke? Hover cars maybe? On an episode of the Jetsons, you can see the two main characters using what we would know as Skype. This show was made in the 1970’s, when nobody would have actually thought that Skype was possible. This pattern will continue to happen over time. Who can actually tell where the road will lead for communication and media?

  • Tonight, Eric Newton opened my eyes to the future of journalism – to what the world of journalism will be like in 2110. I’m not sure how I feel about the future of journalism – or the future of this planet for that matter, considering the world will be taken over by robots or we will all be living on the planet of Pandora and surrounded by rather large blue people for some ungodly and inexplicable reason.

    I don’t know how I feel about this.

    At all…

    For one, if the world is taken over by robots, or even if we are peaceably coexisting… who would a news organization rather hire? …a human with all of our human problems and unpredictability, or a robot with no feelings and dependability through the roof? (Through the roof.) Also, the robots will probably work for less considering they don’t need to buy the necessities humans need. (Like food, for example.) They have no mouths to feed. They have no bacon to bring home.

    The alternative isn’t really any better. Pandora, really? I like Earth. Pandora doesn’t really seem like the ideal place to live. I need a Walmart and a Starbucks to thrive. That’s all I ask for, low prices and excellent coffee… and I doubt the blue-skinned, sapient humanoids know how to make good coffee, if coffee even exists on that planet. (No offense to the Na’vi. One love, yo.)

    And what would I write about on the planet of Pandora? It’s a rather peaceful place, I imagine. (As long as we don’t bulldoze it looking for unobtainium. I mean, really, us?) And I guess I could open the Good News Times, but that’s no fun… I don’t think journalists pray for bad things to happen, but hey, it makes a good story. You never see the headline “NOBODY GOT SHOT IN PHOENIX TODAY” on the cover of the Arizona Republic. I guess I could do an in-depth piece on the “mother goddess,” Eywa… but does ANYONE even know anything about her… besides the fact that she’s a healing tree that’s alive..? No, me either.

    Well… this is depressing.

  • Tonight’s Must-See Monday was about “A History of the Future of News: What 1767 Tells Us About 2110”. To be honest, through half of the presentation by Eric Newton, an executive at the Knight Foundation of Miami, I was absolutely mind-boggled. Questions such as “We are enduring a World War 3.0?” or “Robots are going to possess our brains?” swirled through my brain like a nightmare. I could tell on by the facial reactions that an abundant amount of other attendees were also quite startled by the predictions of Mr. Newton. Nevertheless, once you started hearing about the statistics and remember the fact that history repeats itself, his predictions began rising above the fog of confusion. I always thought that the technology of our century would be quite amazing, crossing many frontiers, but I never imagined that in the next 100 years we might actually be talking through Nano technology implanted in our brains! After seeing the image of the movie “I-Robot” I remembered why I dislike super technological devices and hope that the human race does not become too dependent on them because then that would be when humans would cease to exist. It takes quite an extraordinaire to think of these absurd ideas of technology ruling the future, but Einstein was extraordinaire and look where he is now in history.

  • Tonight’s Must See Monday really made me think. First of all, Eric Newton was an amazing speaker, and inspired me with his expertise in the field we all wish to enter. He was easy to relate to, humorous, and had many interesting ideas to bring to the table about the future of journalism and mass communication. The chart that he displayed broke down everything about the past, present, and future of the advances we have made in communication. The point he made about the future of anything really simply being a person’s crazy idea was very true! All the movie references were helpful in understanding just how crazy he was talking. Like how we got the idea for cell phones from Star Trek and how the Matrix may tell the future about man vs. robots or artificial intelligences. It can be a little scary to think about what the world is coming to. I don’t want the human race to lose track of what really matters- finding and exposing the truth and giving a voice to the voiceless. All the new technological advances that are sure to come hopefully won’t distract and interfere too much with all the ethics and values that journalists attempt to uphold.
    In order to describe what I think the future is coming to, I’ll use the words of Mr. Newton, “Not just out of the box crazy, off the planet crazy.”

  • This was a very exciting and promising Must See Monday, looking forward at what Journalism can and will soon be. Eric Newton gave a fascinating look at the potential of our industry. I’m a big tech fan, so the idea of having “NewsBots” delivering news and getting chips implanted is captivating. It’s a bit far-fetched, but, as Mr. Newton said, that’s what changes the world. “When thinking of the future, think crazy.” It’s thrilling to think that in the next couple years, my fellow freshmen and upperclassmen could be the minds behind unprecedented groundbreaking and innovative ideas that change the world. We’ve come such a long way in terms of progress, and most of the changes are recent. If you look back, the same medium of news delivery has been used over long periods of time, but now, it’s changing rapidly enough that new ideas are being created at unheard of rates.

    “Somewhere in the ocean of news is the truth, and I wish you all happy sailing.”

  • Eric Newton spoke of “The History of the Future of News,” and it was quite interesting. It definitely backs up the saying about history repeating itself. It does not necessarily have the exact same history, but without doubt, the concepts. Newton talked about human communication and its evolution. During the late 1950s and 1960s, the human race became obsessed with the Space Age. Everything was futuristic, from the furniture to the fascination with landing on the Moon. Television shows, for example: The Jetsons, Star Trek and Space Odyssey all show certain gadgets that are now in the 21st century, and some things that still have not been invented, at least in the public’s eye. In The Jetsons, the characters often communicated in way that we would call “skyping”, using Skype. In Star Trek, they used what looked a lot similar to a cell phone and in Space Odyssey, the iPad. Media will forever continue to grow, but with that, there will be more crises and wars.

  • Eric Newton, Senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is aware of the major changes in media that journalists need to embrace. His idea is one must create and embrace the crazy ideas. He pointed out that each generation has grown up with a different media outlet leading the way in delivering news, a cycle that is promised to continue with the development of new technologies. As journalists, we must embrace the outlets for news as much as the stories themselves. The world has come a long way from the first printings of books and pamphlets to what he labeled the “digital” age. Newton suggests the future of news sharing will become even quicker and delivered in a more personal matter the farther we go into the future.

  • This week’s Must See Monday, presented by the Knight Foundation’s Eric Newton, was one of the best in the series that I’ve seen and by far the most “mindblowing”. Newton’s presentation was a highly informative survey of the past of journalism running from revolutionary pamphleteering to contemporary social and mobile media. Further, Newton looked at science fiction to examine and predict potential future trends in information technology. To make his point, Newton drew from theories about inherent historical cycles in the generations of American culture tied to past and present projections of technological advancements. Some of his arguments, drawn from the “technological singularity” postulated by futurist Ray Kurzweil, bordered on disturbing; for instance, on the dehumanizing fusion of man, machine, and information into one united entity. This potential “transhumanism” is likely to occur in some form sometime within the next century. The talk goes to show that the future role and shape of journalism, as well as information-sharing itself, is uncertain and ambiguous. Nevertheless, he concludes that the central ethics of journalism and the function of journalism itself will not lose their fundamental importance in society, whatever society may look like in the future.

  • This Must See Monday was unlike any other not only in its subject matter, but also in its anticipation. Faculty and students from all grade levels flooded the First Amendment Forum to listen in attentive curiosity about the future of journalism. It was an amazing feeling being in the forum last night, the heartbeat of Cronkite beating as one as we collectively came to grips with the future being in our hands. It was captivating to look around the room thinking, “The next person to change the media world may be right here is this room.” It was exciting knowing that the future is in our creative hands to take hold of. It is a freedom that isn’t given but rather taken advantage of. The ball is in our court. It’s time to decide if we want to conquer the challenges that lie ahead and play the most uncertain game. It’s a gamble only worthy of the most courageous of journalists. It’s time for the Cronkite School to change the world.

  • This week’s Must See Monday featured Eric Newton and his presentation on the history of the future of news. He is the senior advisor to the president of the John S. And James L. Knight Foundation. He talked about how there are patterns in the history of news media. And now a day’s every generation seems to grow up with a new or different style of news methods i.e. newspapers, TV, social medias. He also talked about awakenings and how one seems to occur every 80 years or so this creating new aspects to our lives such as cell phones, iPods, Skype..Etc. Some patterns are also predicted. For example gadgets in Star Trek, the Matrix, books and more. If these patterns continue then in our future things will accelerate and evolve faster. It could lead to robots and artificial intelligence as a mean of living naturally. And if that continues then it could lead to World War 4.0 which would be humans vs. nonhumans (robots, nature..Etc). Mr. Newton talked about the evolving news methods from past to present to future predications as well as mentioned young pioneers who don’t often get their stories heard. I enjoyed his lecture and his point of view on technology and the future of news media.

  • Eric Newton, the senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight foundation, outlined in the Nov. 14 Must See Monday that the history of news distribution is cyclical, yet progressive. The distribution of news, Newton argues, has constantly progressed from the “Compromise” era (the one of pamphlets) to today, “Cyber.” Newton compares some of the major landmark events in the past (World War I and II) to the potential of news wars, like WW III and IV. These wars wouldn’t take place with tanks and machine guns, but with keyboard and mice. Newton, ultimately, explained that the future of technology is “illogical” and “beyond any logical approach.” Finally, before Newton answered some of the audience’s questions and concerns, he resonated his ideas with many of the journalists in attendance. Even in the advancement of technology, there is a necessity in the ability to still be able to tell stories. “Journalism is still the fair, accurate, contextual search for the truth. Independent information is important for civilians to know in order to run their lives, their communities.”

  • Looking at a picture of 1999 New York, it is hard to imagine how someone would ever believe this picture’s futuristic qualities would be evident eleven years ago, let alone today. Eric Newton intrigues the crowd by posing the question “what went wrong in this picture?” Overall it was many things that contributed to the photo’s unnatural characteristics. These traits are: multi-time, science fiction writers, books and TV shows/movies. All of these implements allow us the knowledge of what the future has in store for media. Noticing trends, like Great Awakenings happening every eighty years, enhances the accuracy of the predictions that can take place. It is important for us journalist majors to be aware of what the future has in stake. As Newton said “we must focus on not what has been invented, but how the things exponentially grew.” Eric Newton’s presentation was very educational and interesting—especially when he showed a timeline of the things predicted to come all the way up to the year of 2100. Who would have thought there would be a WW4.0 of humans vs. robotics, like the iRobot? His conclusion was inspirational. It made me want to go out and “master a computer assisted reporting/design, watch a lot more science fiction, fool around with a new digital tool every day [and] rewrite [the] codes of ethics.”

  • Eric Newton’s Must See Monday presentation was not only informative but entertaining. It proved that because of necessity, news and the way we perceive it and receive it have evolved to meet our needs. News and communication started out as something visual and then transformed into something oral that was spread through word of mouth. Through centuries it has evolved into something digital and innovative. The rise of pamphlets in 1767 is the birth of a new news medium and since then has come a long way. Eric Newton explained specific patterns of how history repeats itself over the years. He also explained how many of the inventions we find in our daily lives such as cell phones or satellites came from science fiction writers and their vivid imaginations. Newton sees the future of communication and news as a third and fourth world war against technology much like a science fiction writer would. Although in the time frame he gave us it is a possibility that that could occur I don’t necessarily believe it will. Even though I do believe that digital media will be the death of what is left of print media it isn’t going to strike a cyberspace world war.

  • How would you feel if someone told you there was going to be a world war 3.0 consisting of humans vs the non-humans? Or what if the media is run by artificial intelligence such as robots and smart grids? Well Eric Newton spoke in the First Amendment Forum yesterday and touched on the future of technology with journalism. He talked about how many things were thought up before they were ever invented like Star Trek coming up with the idea for a cell phone, and the Jetsons coming up with Skype. Newton tried predicting the future with the past by finding the similar patterns and this was amazing to me. The whole time, I wanted to hear more and more about how Eric Newton thought about the future and how he went approaching it. It is kind of intimidating know that we are always moving forward and never moving back, and now, it seems like the pace we are doing it at is accelerating. This is the evolution of journalism, and I feel honored to be right in the middle of it, living life on the fast lane. It’s scary to think that one day, people may be able to learn with a chip being installed to our brains, or having possible telekinesis. We don’t know how far technology is moving but we do know it is moving fast and it’s better to stay on top of it before it tries getting on top of us.

  • Tonight’s Must See Monday by Eric Newton was very enlightening. He discussed about how technology was advancing and how it was also affecting the future of journalism. He first began by discussing the past of both technology and journalism. One of the more interesting facts I learned was that cell phones were created thanks to the show “Star Trek.” He then talked about the Singularity Theory. I was amazed by how fast he said that technology was advancing. His theory on how we would get implants to help us learn information was amazing and agreed with what I had already previously believed would happen. Finally Eric Newton discussed how this time in history is “World War 3.0” which is an ongoing technological warfare. He talked about how this world will soon be run by smart grids, robots, and artificial intelligence within the next 15-30 years. Eric Newton both inspired and informed me tonight with this Must See Monday.

  • It was with bated breath that half of the Cronkite School listened as Eric Newton outlined a future too fantastic to imagine. The senior advisor to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and founding editor of the Newseum organization urged students to “Think crazy–not outside of the box crazy, but off the planet crazy,” citing science fiction as responsible for triggering technology we now find commonplace. The inventor of the cell phone, he told us, eyes twinkling, got his idea from Star Trek’s communicators, and don’t forget George Jetson Skyping Jane his wife every day from work.

    Things soon turned a bit more serious. Newton explored historical cycles in the development of communication technology, revealing the potential for as many as five different major technological revolutions in most Cronkite students’ lifetimes. These would range from the current mobile and social media era, to smart grids and artificial intelligence in 2027, biological media in 2048 (“an augmented reality for us all,” he said), finally ending with Matrix-esque cranial implants in 2069, and warfare between humans and robotic media tools as early as 2090.

    It was very sobering to realize what change lies ahead for us. Yet as Newton spoke, I realized that many of his suggestions for what to do to prepare were something I’d already done, while others were an ongoing process. I grew up watching Star Trek and The Jetsons, so “watching more science fiction” will not be an issue. “Learning truthful storytelling” is one of the main goals the Cronkite school has set for their students. And “make friends with people who code and learn their language”? Why, I’m doing that one too. But “learn a new digital tool every day” and “invent new story forums”? “To get to this future, someone’s got to shape it,” Newton said. “That gets to be you.”

  • The Must See Monday event, A History of the Future of News: What 1767 Tells Us About 2110, along with the Dean’s recommendation encouraged all journalism students to attend. And they did! It was a full house last night. Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, spoke about media trends from 1767 to 2110. It’s hard to imagine the actions of the 18th century would have any effect on the future of journalism, but it has.

    It’s all about evolution. Media transcends social cycles that change about every 80 years. Newton said a crisis usually happens such as the Revolutionary War or World War 2 and change comes about through a Great Awakening. Each generation had a different form of media starting with pamphlets to the partisan weekly, the penny press daily and finally to the telegraph and the Associated Press.

    So where is the future of journalism going? Newton said the first thing to predict the future is to think crazy, like off the planet crazy. He said that science fiction has done a better job of predicting the future of technology than the experts. Some examples are the Jetsons using the first form of Skype, a cell phone featured in Star Trek and the IPad in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    So will our culture continue to evolve into WW 3.0 with the world using augmented reality, media implants, and research bots? Only time will answer that.

  • I thought the information presented at the Must See Monday was extremely thought-provoking. The concept of a WW3.0 and WW4.0 never occured to me, as it is not something I think about often. Also, the different generations to come after mine opened my eyes to the way the world will change, even while I am still on it. Technology today can seem mind-blowing; however, it will eventually become the norm and new technologies will take over. As a journalism major, I do wonder about the future of my craft. Perhaps journalism created by people in the future is meant to be a work of art, not a necessity vital for survival. Maybe journalism students should concentrate on the creativity of creating works instead of the hard news value. It will be a way to enruch lives, not dictate them.

  • hi…
    Tonight’s Must See Monday event feels like an important one; besides the fact of double extra credit, people here seem generally interested in the lecture taking place tonight. Walking into the First Amendment Forum today, I was shocked to see the mass amount of people crammed among the floor. I am currently stuck up on the third level sitting in a chair taken from a nearby classroom. This shows to me that finally some people may be beginning to care about these events; and if any, this one is the most important. Newton spent the event time frame discussing the entire world of Journalism: from the past to the present and everything in between. It was incredibly interesting to see how far we have come. He spoke of numerous statistics, one of which spoke out to me. It explained that half of journalist students believed there would not be any/or relevant changes in the next five years. Looking back five years ago, we are a completely different world.

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