Technological Revolution, Anyone?

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I do a lot of research for my job. I read a lot of business news on sites like Forbes, Inc; market forecasts on BI sites like IBISWorld; and world news on sites like The Guardian. I’ve gotten used to scanning Info like a demon possessed junkie and living off of the high-lights instead of truly digesting the writer’s words.

It’s sad.

Sometimes a subject catches my attention and I lose myself in the article. All reality disappears. I jolt awake ten minutes later and realize I was transported to another world.

It’s unhealthy for my job. But it’s the most exhilarating experience I ever have researching.

It’s been said to stop and smell the roses. Instead, I’ve been stopping and smelling the technological revolution we all should’ve seen coming, but I think we were wholly unprepared for.

While Americans are still trying to sort out their mobile payments and shop online, the majority of the rest of the world is cashless and never had a credit card. The next generation may not even know what physical money looks like. They will take for granted that every purchase or payment they make is recorded. The adoption of the bitcoin will decimate some economies and create stabilities for others, maybe even countries that we view as “developing” or “third world,” such as Nigeria.

The technological revolution will even some playing fields that haven’t been even since the 1700s.

And in this incredibly connected global economy, we are experiencing a level of cultural transfusion that is unprecedented. Technology is not just changing the way we move capital or interpret worth or affect the global economy. Technology is creating a world culture that mirrors fictional realities such as the Star Trek universe.

Connections are no longer enough. Adaptation is the future.

I recently researched WeChat, WhatsApp and LINE. These are all messaging apps that connect users through text, talk, images and video. LINE specializes in offering an insane amount of sticker sending and games. WhatsApp was bought by Facebook for $19 billion dollars, one of the largest tech acquisitions in history. And WeChat is the most popular social media platform in China, where Facebook is banned and email never really caught on.

Each of these apps is starkly different from the others, even though they were all created to do the same thing – connect users. WeChat is now an all-purpose eCommerce platform that allows users to pay for taxis, pizza, doctor’s appointments and more. LINE has created an entire merchandise base including TV shows based on their user-created stickers. And WhatsApp continues to offer no interruptions and no adds, free for life.

Each one is based on a distinct culture.

And each one is striving to be globally adopted.

I’m sure you know what that means at this point. We’re looking at a global culture that seeks to unite individuals through technology, and those individuals are making the decision for unity themselves.

The technological revolution is self-motivated and looks like it will result in the largest nation in history.

WeChat, because we can.

Compare and Contrast

Recently there has been a spike in interest in the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle character Sherlock Holmes.  Holmes is one of the most filmed and movie-fied literary characters of all time.  In the past 5 years, 3 (technically 4) notable Holmes screen adaptions have been released.  (Of course, there were other adaptions released, but I haven’t seen them.)

First, the Robert Downey Jr. movie, Sherlock Holmes, which stunned and intoxicated movie lovers with its impressive editing techniques.  Of course this was followed by Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which lived up to the fascinating editing of its predecessor.

Second, the BBC miniseries Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, both actors also appearing in the new Hobbit franchise.  Sherlock updated the Holmes stories for modern London, with smart phones, stark, almost noir lighting, and the world’s first consulting detective.

Thirdly, CBS just released the TV show Elementary, a modern version set in New York, but maintaining a British Sherlock Holmes.  This last adaptation is odd for its female portrayal of Watson, witty banter, and Holmes’ banishment from the London in which he has always been known.

A comparison of the trailers reveals…Well, what does it reveal?

Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock.

Elementary.

Book Writing to Screenwriting to Book Writing

I started writing books.  Then my brother made me run camera for his films when he was a teenager.  I also provided scream noises for one of his horror movies.  And I think I was a vampire victim at some point.

Ketchup on my neck smelled great.

Anyway, I partly blame him for getting me into movies.  When I wrote my first film it was an adaptation of one of my books.  A medieval fantasy story.

In my last semester of Screenwriting, the comment was made in class that it was impossible to work in two writing disciplines at the same time.  Writing a book and writing a screenplay were so different that it would be too hard.  You would fail.

I disagree.

I think it’s entirely possible to write books and screenplays at the same time.  I think some authors write books that are screenplays already.  The technical aspect of writing a screenplay is very different from a book, but writers are technical by nature.  Work hard and you can do it.

The more I learn about screenwriting, the better book writer I become.

A few hours ago I switched from writing on my time-travel adventure book to editing that Stephen King screen adaptation.  I had to remind myself of the story and the medium.  I was able to forge ahead and finish the editing.