Periscope and the Digital Media Revolution

App Periscope makes live streaming easy

Story by Zach Friedman, staff writer

The ease of media engagement in today’s society has reached staggering heights. Never before has it been so easy to find out what’s going on around the world, all at the command of our fingers. But a new phone application, Periscope, shakes the foundations in a way that no one saw coming.

The app builds on a concept that has existed for several years now: live streaming. However, until now, there’s been no practical application of streaming on a phone. Developers have tried and failed to deliver an experience on the phone that is as convenient as that of its less-mobile counterpart. Periscope makes an interesting push into the world of mobile streaming.

Periscope’s motto sums up its purpose and philosophy in a mere seven words: “Explore the world through someone else’s eyes.” And that’s exactly what makes it such a fresh concept.

On the app, you’ll find a list of live broadcasts from people all over the world in their respective situations. From behind the scenes of some of the biggest names in media to congressional hearings, Twitter’s massive user base has undoubtedly contributed to the diversity and catchiness of Periscope.

However, it’s the ease of use and mobility that makes Periscope a true game-changer. On May 2, one of the biggest sporting events in recent history took place, a $500 million boxing match, featuring the biggest contenders in the sport: Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. And while many paid their dues to Pay-Per-View conglomerates like HBO to watch, those looking for a cheaper alternative found refuge in Periscope, where many attendees broadcast the event from different points of view.  

If anything, this bootlegging serves as a perfect example of the ease of access and connectedness brought forth by the digital age. And while CEOs and CFOs will throw lawsuits in any direction to fight the theft of their content, it is ultimately a downhill battle. The power of the Internet and apps like Periscope attest to the changing of the times, and you’re either with it or against it. Those against it will be left to the history books. Or Wikipedia.