In the end, no technology can force OmniVdeo into being. Instead, the core need of the human animal will drive OV into our lives, because:
· The brain is built for video. Simply put, we are alive today because millennia ago, the hominids whose visual skills helped them spot threats to survival as well as opportunities for food (and reproduction, don’t leave that out) survived. Those with less powerful visual machinery did not. It should come as no surprise, then, that in the modern age, we have an immense portion of our brain power dedicated to processing moving visual images. We will go to great lengths to stimulate those dedicated systems in the brain, much the way an addict does.
· We want yet another way to communicate. Alexander Graham Bell famously doubted that the phone would be useful in the home except for calling doctors to attend to emergencies. He was very wrong, failing to recognize that a technology that facilitates our human drive to communicate will spread rapidly. The phone did, as did email. Now it’s video’s turn because if a picture is worth a thousand words, then a minute of video is worth 1.8 million words (lessee: A second of video contains 30 individual pictures or frames; therefore, a minute of video contains 30 x 60 = 1,800 pictures. Multiplied by a thousands words per picture, a minute of video is worth 1.8 million words.)
· Society craves a mirror. Happy Days said something about who we were as a people in the 1970s, just as Lipstick Jungle (sadly) speaks volumes about who we are today. Only now, we don’t have to content ourselves with a monolithic mirror reflected by a handful of networks. Instead, we can see ourselves — and all our blemishes — vividly portrayed in skater videos, kitten videos, reality TV shows, home movies, and thousands of other video sources of humor, awe, inspiration, contention, distraction, and debate.