Monday, 9 June 2008

Back from the Future

The tennis analysts on TV routinely tell you how grass courts are faster than clay courts. So far I had to take their word for it; after all, the last time I watched the coverage of the Roland Garros clay court tennis grand slam tournament I was eleven years old, bored to death while visiting my grandmother, and watching the sports news program hosted by Zohair Bahaloul on the Arab hour of the then only channel of Israeli TV.

Things have changed, though. For a start, since coming to Australia and visiting the Australian Open I'm actually interested in tennis for the first time since the days of Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe.
But this weekend something else had happened. For the first time since those childhood days, I actually got to watch the women's and men's finals live. I saw them in bed, off the screen of my Eee PC. I didn't settle for watching the tennis alone; I saw some Euro 2008 action, too.

There can be no doubt that this is a glimpse of things to come. It is very obvious that with the digitization of content, TV the way we know it would change to showing us stuff we acquire through the internet. It is just as obvious as all phone calls becoming VOIP in the not too distant future and all cellular phones becoming tools to access the internet with which we can make even more VOIP calls or email one another. Yes, the days of the SMS, the most expensive emailing channel ever, are numbered; and the only thing that stands on our way of getting to this future, a future in which every communication provider becomes yet just another channel for us to access the internet with, is the ability of said communication providers to stretch the status quo just a tad bit longer so they can make some more stupendous profits on our account.

Time for me to hit the bed. I need to wake up in the middle of the night to watch Holland beat Italy. I will tell you this, though: Once you see it in action, you can clearly tell how clay is different to grass.

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