A philosophy for multimedia streaming? – VideoAge International

Given that streaming media is widely understood to represent the future of entertainment, some might wonder how the “long term” might influence, shape or change the direction of this relatively new technology?

The term “long-termism” was coined around 2017 by Oxford philosophers William MacAskill and Toby Ord. Next, Sigal Samuel, senior reporter for New York-based Vox Media (part of Comcast), summarized the key elements of the concept noting that the “long term” means that “people of the future matter morally as much as people living today. There may well be more people alive in the future than there are in the present or than there have been in the past. We can positively influence the lives of the people of tomorrow.

MacAskill returned to the subject with an article in the August 7, 2022 edition of The New York Times. “Society tends to neglect the future in favor of the present,” he writes. “The people of the future are completely disenfranchised. They cannot vote, lobby or run for public office, so politicians have an incentive to think of them. They are the real silent majority. And while we can’t give political power to futures, we can at least give them due consideration.

There are two questions implicit in MacAskill’s statements. First, can a new, forward-looking form of television (like streaming) become political power, as linear media has? And how can today’s streaming operations give “consideration” to the people of tomorrow?

From today’s perspective, streaming media is definitely a good candidate for the long term, but it’s not yet clear whether it could take people into the future in the same way that, for example, renewable energy.

The long term has its supporters, particularly among tech entrepreneurs such as Jaan Tallinn and Elon Musk, and even among corporate executives who, according to Investor Relations IR magazinewant the market to take a less short-term view.

But he also has many detractors, including many members of the investment community. “The Struggle with Long-termism” is a recent article in the publication Investor Champion.

Ben Chugg, a researcher at Stanford University, was even more blunt: “Why worry about parasitic worms in Africa if we can secure utopia for future generations?” he wrote in a research paper. “In other words, the long term is a dangerous moral ideal because it robs us of the ability to correct our mistakes.”

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