I grew up with a steady diet of movies and shows like “Star Trek,” “The Blob,” “Twlight Zone,” and authors like Rod Serling, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, H. G. Wells and Jules Verne.
Gadgets that I saw or read about in science fiction when I was a kid are now a matter of course. Here’s a short list of stuff: the death ray, it’s just a laser beam; live video phones, that one is in “Space Odyssey,” light bulbs that don’t emit heat; cooking without fire or a radiating heat element, that’s just a microwave oven.
I challenge you to watch Arthur C. Clarke’s, “2001, A Space Odyssey” and look for the scene that clearly shows what we now call an “iPad.” I saw that movie with my Dad in the Sixties. That scene in the “Space Odyssey” movie caused me to realize that I am living a Science Fiction Life.
As I write this, I am listening to and recording one of what are variously referred to as, “Webinars, Webcasts, Web Meetings” or other creative nomenclature. Recently, while my Editor, Steve Taylor, was engaged interviewing a news maker and recording another Webinar, I was forwarding texts from my phone, quoting Webinar participants that I was listening to and recording. I used to record and edit on audio tape. That’s history.
Historically—yes, if you’re paying attention, this is History writ large—having physically traveled to the location of these events, post-event activities included: interviews, conversations with event participants and lunch or supper at one of many favorite restaurants in different cities throughout the Rio Grande Valley.
Not any more.
Now, post event: Lunch is waiting in the crock pot, steam cooker, or pressure pot. No lively, entertaining restaurant conversations.
Here are some of the pluses. Because of technology, it is now possible for Webinar participants to contribute, “en vivo,” regardless of location. Think about it. Assuming access to the Internet, a broader portion of the community now has improved access to governing entities, without regard to geographical location. Members of governing boards and discussion groups are not meeting in a specific physical location. Of course, that saves gasoline, time, and probably wardrobe expense, if the event is not on camera.
In personal terms, I am now devoid of excuses to postpone important home chores. Unless the web event has a camera component, I can dress in a somewhat more casual manner.
And, please, don’t come knocking on my door too early, With apologies to Ray Stevens in his song, “Git Tarzan,” you may find someone swinging through the trees, “in his BVD’s.”
Editor’s Note: The author of this guest column, Mario Munoz, is head of audio production at the Rio Grande Guardian.
Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above guest column is a scene from the movie, “2001, A Space Odyssey.”
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