Media Trends and Timelines

Had a coffee with fellow futurist Ross Dawson this morning. Decided it was time to create another timeline so we’ve settled on a media innovations timeline from 1600AD to 2030. Interesting thing was that a few thousand years took just 30 minutes but we became a bit stuck with future developments. Weird. Does this mean that it’s a case of the same but different in the future? Answer: No, we just need more coffee.

Things that did make me laugh were Advertising supported education, foetal sponsorship, emotionally responsive programming and speed-reading glasses.

The timeline will be out in a week or two (I think) and will be available for free download at and BTW, there is obviously something on the air. I’ve just been asked to contribute to another future innovations timeline for Wired magazine.

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