Friday, August 17, 2012

Webtainment Taking Over? Is TV dying a slow death?

I haven't posted a conversational entry in, well, I can't remember when. I now feel the need. For those who follow me as Ann Wilkes the sci-fi writer, this year has been a bit of a sabbatical on that front. I have written what I think is an awesome flash this year, got an article which I wrote last fall published and have kept the blog going. Other than that, I've been a dancing fool, going out dancing five or six times a week. The divorce from the non-dancing husband was final in January and I've been making up for lost time. So, I'm still expressing myself, but with a different medium. ;) Besides, it don't mean a thing if you ain't got that swing... du wop, du wop.

But you didn't come here to read about my dancing exploits. You came here because you love sci-fi. I have an opportunity to get back into writing with a vengeance. I'm so excited about this project that I can hardly contain myself. But contain myself I will. Suffice it to say I'd be teaming up with a big name in the animation industry. Y'all keep your fingers crossed for me, you here? Meantime, I'm going to start shooting the stories back out that need to find their first or second homes. I've also been chairing a local sci-fi contest. The winners will be announced in September. And I'm volunteer coordinator for the Sonoma County Book Festival. So, I haven't been idle. Just not writing much new fiction. I guess I'll have to give up a couple dance nights to work it back in.

For now, I have a question for my readers. Are we going so digital that TV will be a thing of the past in the near future? I keep seeing new web series sprouting up and the quality of some of them is pretty awesome. Do you envision a day very soon when we'll just watch our entertainment on our computer monitors, laptops and handheld devices? Would you switch to this willingly, or kicking and screaming? What about the quality and quantity?

I watched shows on Hulu for a while, until my Internet access went south. It's great that the commercials are shorter, but at least watching shows on the DVR, I could fast forward through them. Online, I can neither do that nor mute them as easily as I could on the TV.

Check out this pilot for a web series before you weigh in. Enjoy and have a great weekend!


Maurice Mitchell said...

Ann that trailer is amazing. The future really could be online. I hope not since it would restrict sci-fi a lot. Not everyone has high-speed Internet and it would cut people out. power to the people!

Sara Bellum said...

Taking over? Not just yet. At least not original webisodes. Even network shows that show up on the net don't bring in the numbers of broadcast and or cable but it is gaining ground and is the future.
Its in the bag.