The Future is Full of Videophones
If science fiction TV shows and movies are any indication, Skype and FaceTime are the way everything is headed. After a certain point, we’ll use video communication for all our person-to-person calls, emails, and any other form of contact.
It’s the way of the future. Just ask 1992.
I just don’t see it. Companies keep coming out with videophones (there’s a $300 ASUS model that appeared recently), but I don’t know anyone who’s radically excited about the technology. Most people I know who have FaceTime used it once or twice when they first got the iPhone, then went right back to calling and texting people (mostly texting). So why does the videophone keep popping up on every sci-fi show?
One, it’s good visual style. Having people communicate over voice or text isn’t all that interesting to watch on TV. More than that, though, we as an audience see video calling as a hallmark of the FUTURE, even though the technology’s been commercially available for more than 20 years at this point. It’s a future we’re not necessarily interested in ever reaching… but apparently, we still see it as the future.
Well, that, and the holocommunicator idea in season 5 of Deep Space Nine just sucked.