Sunday, July 9, 2017

Robin Sloan's 2004-2015 EPIC or Google and Amazon Take Over the World

(Initial post was at Jersey Goddess in 2004 or 2005.) First post of the month as I try to NaBloPoMo, the National Blog Posting Month project that pushes participating bloggers to post one blog per day for a month. I thought it fitting that my first post tie me to being an old webhead.

I recall when I first saw Robin Sloan's EPIC probably more than four years ago. I had it posted to my old website, that's in a state of pseudo sleep right now, when it was only available as a Flash file and sites got so much traffic from it that they lost bandwidth and had to rotate or split up hosting the file.

If you are unfamiliar with EPIC, then I'll say it's sort of a mini documentary (speculative) on the premise that Google takes over the world as newspapers die and we become a crowd-sourced planet of social media zombies.

The YouTube video is EPIC 2012; however, there's also an EPIC 2014. Sloan blogs at SnarkMarket.

Cool stuff.


Robin Sloan said...

Whoah! Thanks for the look back. It's always fun to sort of "reconnect" with people who watched the movie back in 2004. Some people are still discovering it today; I wonder what it's like for them? Probably a less interesting story!

Would be remiss if I didn't make sure to say that Matt Thompson was co-producer of the movie -- and, importantly, he was the VOICE!

And he blogs w/ me, and w/ Tim Carmody, at Snarkmarket.

Again -- thanks for the nice mention!

underOvr (aka The U) said...

Very interesting video. The steady drumbeat in the background contributes to the "Technological March", scaling the walls of the NY Times and Microsoft.

Very well produced video, from the voice-over and music to the storyline.

Thanks for providing the URL for me.