Does new technology set your pulse racing?

Hi, I’m Amelia. I work for the BBC’s Newshour programme and on Saturday, 19th January, at 1230 GMT, we’re hosting a special debate on the entertainment industry. We’re hoping you’d like to comment either by emailing us or by posting here.The entertainment industry is changing at a bewildering pace. Some sections – such as the traditional record labels – look like they’re being left behind.  

Elsewhere, there’s cut-throat competition to get the latest film download system, or high-definition disc, on to the market. Warner Bros have said they intend to sell their films exclusively on Blu-Ray and not on HD-DVD.

 But that battle may no longer be relevant as film downloads catch on. That’s what Steve Jobs of Apple Inc hopes – he’s just announced a new movie rental download service.

Do these changes fill you with excitement, envy or are you bored by it all?

15 Responses to “Does new technology set your pulse racing?”

  1. 1 Dolapo Aina
    January 18, 2008 at 13:43

    New technology is kind of complicated. While we welcome it positive influences and ramifications it is leaving us breathless and if not careful it meant deprive us of our fundamental values and rights without knowing it

  2. 2 Brett
    January 18, 2008 at 13:57

    Often times the price set by the industry to obtain the newest and best technology gives me a mental note to look for it and buy it for half the price, 6 months later. I can always wait, theres no need to pay the industries inflated price for the newest and best bits.
    Does new technology get me excited? Absolutely. Do I feel a need to own it right away? Not at all, I have better things to spend what I would be paying for that markup on.

    Brett ~ Richmond, Va.

  3. 3 Bryan in San Francisco
    January 18, 2008 at 17:29

    Consumerism is exhausting. There are only so many iPod releases from my San Francisco neighbor Steve Jobs that I can take! And what about e-waste? I think it’s sad when people get “excited” about new technology, as it just demonstrates their love of shopping and credit card debt.

  4. 4 Will Rhodes
    January 19, 2008 at 03:16

    When I learn to set ‘record’ on this VCR I will let you know about all the new gadgets out there!

  5. 5 Zita
    January 19, 2008 at 10:44

    I agree with Bryan it is e-xhausting- this e-consumerism. It’s so e-asy, these e-sales, e-buys, e-hot news, e-dvds,e-music, e-photos, so e-asy into debt. Your credit card gets full, bank gets empty, and computer gets viruses. It’s an Aladdin’s cave for those with a shopping addiction. Soon we need an E-Which to tell us what is what and protect us.

  6. 6 Jan
    January 19, 2008 at 16:58

    If it does set my pulse racing, it’s only because of anger. Anger because
    +new technology’s promises are (ab)used by “big money”, scientists (Gene pioneer Dr. J. Craig Venter gives a Richard Dimbleby lecture) and industry (the economy) to demand enormous capital to finance their campaigns which are supposed to develop ways allowing maintence of the lifestle we (in the west) claim to have a right to and even more. Instead of contentment and drastically scaling down our demands and exuberant lifestyle so as to reduce the exploitation of resources (energy, nature, clean water, air, fertilizers, oars, minerals, people)
    +this ideological drive shall of course not allow for
    -ethical restrictions (against e.g. genetic modification, exploitation of genetic (human, flora or fauna) potential or “creation” of new life-forms. Man is superior and there are no absolute and unchangeable laws
    -“non-scientific” (ideological, religious) opposition, since this would hamper human “hapiness” (read economic develpoment and share holder value aimed at hoarding of capital). Thus human dignity will even more be defined by have or have not. [Read Ecclesiastes.]
    +politicians seem to be buying large time into the idea that technological soutions are the answer to arising needs and problems beyond human reach. This as usual wihtout consulting their constituency and if asked will present “scientfic” evidence to support their case. And of course tax imposed cooperation is demanded by “democratic” laws. ha ha.

    That propaganda lecture of gene pioneer Dr. J. Craig Venter boasting own achievement is meant to convince politicians and big money that this is the way to go and thus resources and political considerations should not withhold progress: money please. a lot of it.
    As if man were God.
    Babel’s tower being reerected. God stooped “to see the city and the tower that the men were building”. You know what happened, don’t you. Very inconvenient reality experienced till now.
    God is still so creative.

  7. 7 George Sears, Cedar City, Utah
    January 19, 2008 at 20:34

    Actually, the happiest time for me, listening to music, was in the 60’s, with a little transistor radio. That was Top 40 Music. You had favorite songs, and you waited for them to come up in the queue. So, now, I use a small flash music player that holds about 700 songs, and I shuffle through them. But I try to find new music. The gadgets get cheaper. But how many musicians can we support, and how do we pay them?

    It should actually be about the music. I’m more worried about how talented people get paid. Americans use a completely destructive ‘superstar’ model. We have to put up with these people and the constant coverage. That’s not really what the music is about.

    Music should be part of Globalism. Maybe people should try to mold it so it isn’t just about gadgets and technology, but accept that the ‘gadgets’ do drive change. Look at something like the eeePC from Asus, which is around $400. You could run a recorder program, a music play! er, listen to internet radio, download music, get streams. I think we are just trying to get ‘everyone’ that transistor radio I once had. When will there be global playlists, no matter how we get the music?

    Maybe that global music scene needs someone to act as a guide. The BBC has tried to do that.

  8. 8 Robert P. Gruijters
    January 19, 2008 at 20:36

    Hi, at the moment I am indeed moving into an all video internet phase.
    Legacy technologies such as email, IM, etc. are nowadays merely used to set up a video conferencing session. I have always enjoyed working with the Newshour desk on international politics but lately they have been re-focussing on the developing world so I have had to shift my focus on the political and economics debate to American media such as:
    NBC,CNBC,MSNBC, etc. My experience with the BBC is that they do not have the latest technology so with them I will continue to communicate by email.

  9. 9 tulis mccall
    January 19, 2008 at 20:40

    It is really appalling to me that the top 5% of the economic ladder are focused on getting more and getting it faster. There is a war in Darfur STILL. Kenyans are murdering each other.

    What happened to conscience? Really. This is not a trick question?

    I am a MAC owner. Their service is excellent and I appreciate many of the design elements. But is this new development really news? Or just another way for us all to be led down a material path that, in the end, feeds us but little.

  10. 10 Greg Bruschi
    January 19, 2008 at 20:47

    Well if the new Apple TV service works as poorly as the new Leopard OS then they will be having a large problem.
    GB – 25 year Apple user

  11. 11 Ntani nsutebu
    January 21, 2008 at 14:51

    New technology is making us to lose some essential skills which people used to have like hand writing and manual calculations. this is because most of the work is done by the computer.

  12. 12 selena
    June 27, 2008 at 19:22

    Gotta admit new technology used to inspire me to be the first one to run out and buy it… the latest computer, the latest phone, the latest speakers, etc.

    I just got rid of a number of old computers, the best of which being an old Pentium 486 with a Windows 95 operating system, which was the best at the time and is still in perfect running order. It still out performs all the others but there is no printer available for it today.

    I updated regularly until I decided to get a Mac and what a difference. Everything in PC after the Pentium 486 got worse and worse until I was simply not satisfied.

    The old software, too, was much better than today’s software but we have been led to believe we were getting something better.

    It is all a marketing gimmic and I must admit I was so into technology that I bought it hook line and sinker.

    No more! 🙂

  13. 13 Dennis
    June 27, 2008 at 19:55

    New technology is kinda of fun for a minute or so…But it is difficult.

    Onondaga Community College
    Syracuse, New York
    United States of America

  14. 14 tediouse
    August 11, 2008 at 21:31

    new wave old wave
    i love new tec because that means its going to be old pretty soon and that means its
    going to be cheap, and then i will buy it ,ok so now days its all microtec,and i cant do to much with it, but things like mobi phones have parts i can use,
    ilove those stickers that say [NO SEVICEABLE PARTS ]i had a smoke alarm sealed for life,i was told once its activated it goes untill it stops ,ok it lasted a year,then i took
    it apart and guess what all i had to do was rplace the 9volt battery,i still got it now 3 years on ,i check it with some smoke ,still works=no land fill,

    still got an 8 track recoder player [akai] no body wanted 8 tracks so i could buy all the albums on tape hook up the leads copy to cd or mp3 then boot them again,

    same as the car with some cross reference parts from older cars fit and they are cheaper,when you know what your doing,

    so yea keep throwing that old wave stuff away i love it.


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