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Forever Young

June 27, 2019
The genie in the video

Out of the blue, slipping off the mouth of a lamp I was cleaning in my basement, a genie appeared. Still surrounded by a cloud of shimmering dust, he spoke loudly while hovering over a pile of boxes full of old Xmas decorations. He said he was in a hurry. Apparently, he had to get back to his genie lamp to complete some urgent administration work. However, he said that before he departed, he would grant me one wish. Only one? He answered that his miracle skills weren't the best in the industry and that all he could do at this time was to give me a simple choice, to which I had but ten seconds to make up my mind. Here are your choices, he said. You can choose to live forever, or you can choose to stay young for the rest of your normal lifespan.

He stared at me as the allotted seconds dripped away. I gave the offer some quick thoughts.

Living forever sounds nice, but I have a feeling it would get boring quickly, relatively speaking. Relative to infinity, that is.

Hurry, he said.

Forever young? Except for a few perks that came bundled with a package called "youth," I'm not so sure I enjoyed being "young" that much. Looking back, I really hated some of it. I enjoy my life now, and I'm not "young," so why would I want to go back?

I hesitated, then after pondering about the pros and cons of the offer once more, I opened my mouth to let him know that I had decided to...

Too late, the genie whispered, before vanishing back into the lamp where he came from, never to show up again.

Why am I telling you this story? A recent post on the Techsmith website conveys some of the site's editors insights as they relate to "trends" in online media usage. We're talking images and videos used on web pages as well as digital communication channels in general. You can watch the video below.



To be honest, there's little that stands out: the so-called trends of 2019 are no more than a continuation of what anyone could have gathered a decade ago on the same subject. There has been no break-out technology developed in recent years. The only real difference is that people and businesses are able to create more videos, faster. This is due to the fact that it is significantly easier to create clips and imagery than it was just a few years ago. In other words, we're flooded with images and videos; the hurdle of getting to make a video is now replaced by the difficulty of creating a video that gets noticed.

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