Back to the Future!

This near-20-years-old video perfectly predicts today’s electronic newspapers. In fact, it’s so eerily prescient I fear it will be exposed as a hoax filmed last week as a YouTube prank! But then, where would they find those awesome 1990s shoulder-pad power-suits on the women in the video? Didn’t we all ritualistic burn those along with our stirrup pants and floppy-bow blouses? We need to re-assemble this group of think-tank digital pioneers to get to work on solving library circulation of eBooks and the DRM quandary, as it’s obvious that their crystal ball had a direct connection to today’s tablet-based digital world. I wonder what other work was done by the Knight-Ridder Design Lab, who produced this 1994 video titled “The Tablet Newspaper: A Vision for the Future.”

Thanks to Dvice.com for the link!

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Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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