We are living in the Golden Age of Text. We most effectively communicate on blogs, in email and via instant messages where The Word is King. However, in the next five years or so we will toss away our text — along with our newly enhanced ability to cogently write to persuade others — in favor of video: Semiotics Shall Rule the Word. There are active rumors that the next iPhone will have a touch screen that is a camera so you can do live video conferencing via iChat right on your phone. There is one proof-of-concept using the current iPhone that persuasively argues for video communication over text right now.
Videophones are already in the home offering you the opportunity to see each other while having a traditional chat.
Video Conferencing is presently matter-of-the-day for many companies:
Do you welcome the idea of video communication over text if the price and personal expense are the same? Right now you can blog naked, IM in your pajamas, and swim nude in the tub while chatting on the phone and no one is the wiser unless you tell them — or charge them a fee for telling. Will video communication change all that?Will you put on your best clothes and comb your hair and brush your teeth for your every day, ongoing, video communications?
Or will you just get on your videophone as you are — tousled hair, ripped shirt or lacy nightie — because that is your present state and it doesn’t matter if your real time video communication is being watched and recorded for replay later? Will we create Video Avatars to stand in our place when we are feeling under the weather or just plain shy?
Do you think Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will become the most popular Virtual Avatars we can “hire” to represent our bodies in live video communication? We’re already under video surveillance outside on the street and in public — shouldn’t we expect the same involvement in our private lives at home, in the car and on the operating table?
Do we still own our image or are our bodies and faces already in the public domain because we failed to Trademark our faces at birth?