The debut of new media has and always will follow the same pattern. First, an individual struggles for a patent and recognition. Next, a struggle ensues amongst corporations for the right to these inventions. Finally, there is a struggle amongst nations for the rights to these inventions/new technologies.
The sense of urgency that fuels the cycle is a result of each generation believing that the innovative, newfangled invention that debuted during that period will “change the world” in ways previous inventions never dreamed of. Such beliefs are best categorized as being “revolutionary novelty” or “youthful utopianism”. Tom Stoppard said it best when he commented, “Every age thinks it’s the modern age, but this one really is”. However, what speculators don’t often consider is that new technology changes lives, but not the nature of existence.
We live in a society in which one person’s hobby can become somebody else’s industry. As long as hobbies are kept, it can be expected that today’s technology will be reserve a spot in the junk shops of tomorrow.