My name is Kevin R. Donley and I started this blog on May 30, 2008. At that time, I wanted to record my journey to DRUPA, the world’s foremost printing and paper exposition. Beginning in January 2011, after I was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Printing Industries of Michigan, I began writing articles for GraphicNews (monthly publication of PIM) and repurpose these pieces on this Multimediaman blog. In between entries on contemporary business and technology subjects, I also wrote biographical sketches of important people and their inventions in print media history.
My experience with this blog has revealed that the technology achievement of Joannes Gutenberg—even though it appears distant and unrelated to our times—was actually the beginning of a mass media transformation that continues to this day. As much as we would like to think that our digital age has left the analog world far behind, it is in reality a globalized and accelerated electronic expansion of what has been underway for more than five centuries.
This blog is about you. It is called “Multimediaman” because this word describes best what we are. Our big data world of photo, video and text content—enabled by mobile, social, cloud and wireless technologies—is surpassing all previous media forms combined in terms of volume and accessibility. It is now possible for all to communicate with each as artist, printer, publisher, photographer, broadcaster, filmmaker, pod caster, blogger, etc. What were previously specialized professions—requiring significant resources—are now the activity of so many billions of smartphone users around the globe.
And so, here we are creating something new: a colossal multimedia reflection of ourselves. Just like the cave paintings of unknown tribesmen or the works of the great Renaissance masters provide a window into the state of humanity in the prehistoric or medieval context, we can now grasp our present multimedia likeness in real time. It is my hope that this blog makes a contribution to this understanding.
Kevin R. Donley
April 20, 2019