Obsessed with the future of TV

This is a notebook about television, internet video, and what the next living room will be. It's an outline powered by Fargo. The editor of Glass is Zach Seward; the lead developer is Sam Williams.

The name is an argument: that media are best understood as competition for attention on screens connected to the internet. Phones, tablets, laptops, monitors, television sets—it's all just glass.

  • Chart: How much time the world spends staring at screens
      • Kleiner Perkins investor Mary Meeker's annual presentation on internet trends is always worth reading in full, which you can do below. But one chart in her new report particularly caught our eye because it's all about glass.
      • As we've argued, media are best understood as a competition for attention on glass-panelled devices connected to the internet. Phones, tablets, PCs, television sets—it's all just glass. But, of course, it does matter what kinds of glass are attracting more attention.
      • Meeker's chart breaks that down nicely‚ with the added benefit of explaining that the situation varies widely across countries. The US and UK, for instance, are quite different from Vietnam and Saudi Arabia. Or even just looking at Indonesia and the Philippines, which spend the most time staring at screens, provides an interesting comparison.
      • Here is Meeker's full presentation, which includes some other slides on the future of the television and internet video:
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