Upcoming Events

Forums – Regular meetings – meet at 6:30 at the Panera Bread Co. community room (875 Bethel Road). Also be sure to check out – and like –  “Columbus Futurists” on Facebook!

Forum: May 25, 2017

Topic: The Future of Multimedia: Visual, News, Music & Social

The last 17 years  has seen dramatic changes in the ways we receive media content. 20th Century Media “Goliaths” have been slain by 21st Century Media “Davids”.  Home video companies like Blockbuster & Hollywood Video were hurt by Cable On-Demand & Pay-Per-View services, and eventually finished off by Redbox and Netflix.

Music stores like Tower Records which used to be staples of shopping malls across the country, have closed their doors due to the creation of the MP3, their subsequent sharing via P2P networks (Napster, Kazaa, etc), as well as the purchase and streaming options offered by Itunes, Amazon, Pandora & Spotify.

Cable News, which introduced the 24 hours news cycle, is unable to keep up with the likes of Twitter, YouTube and other social media platforms in terms of delivering breaking news.

Speaking of which, even cable television itself is faltering as more and more people are joining the “cordcutting” revolution and opting for streaming services powered by media sticks & boxes, such as Google Chromecast, Kodi, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, etc.

But even the new media titans aren’t safe themselves from being supplanted by newer up-and-comers. And technology like Augmented and Virtual Reality promises to deliver more interactive types of media that we previously have only been able to imagine. So the question is: What is the future of media? Where do we go from here?

This discussion will be led by Columbus Futurists member Onyemobi Anyiwo.  The following resources have been recommended.

Some suggested reading resources (any one of these articles serves as fuel for the discussion):

Another great discussion in an exciting agenda emerging for our meetings this year.  Hope to see you there!


Columbus Futurist co-founder and author Steve Millett has opened a new blog – American Ways Past and Future.  The blog carries forward themes from his most recent book published last year.

Make note

Scheduled Meetings for 2017  (all meetings meet 6:30-8:00pm at the Panera Bread Co. community room, 875 Bethel Road):  (Also be sure to check out – and like –  “Columbus Futurists” on Facebook!)

  • May 25, 2017 – Topic: The Future of Multimedia: Visual, News, Music & Social (Cbus Futurist member Onyemobi Anyiwo)
  • June 22, 2017 – Topic: The future of truth, and practicing meaningful research (tentative)
  • July 20, 2017 – Topic: The Future of AI (no, really, this time for real)
  • August 17, 2017 – Topic: TBD
  • September 21, 2017 – Topic: The Future of Columbus and Regional Transportation (tentative)
  • October 19, 2017 – Topic: TBD
  • November 16, 2017 – Topic: Big History – techniques for analyzing possible futures? Guest expert (tentative)
  • December, 2017 – No meeting