From the baby boomers to Gen X to Millennials, anthropologists are considering if society has entered a new generation: Gen Z or the iGeneration. The call for a new generation is based on the technological advances from major digital industries, including Apple and Google. This generation has pioneered a new frontier of entertainment consumption: streaming media. The idea of streaming media has captured our attention here in the Village of Romeoville, and it has captures people world-wide. As such, the staff has dedicated extensive research and data collection toward the impacts of streaming media on several industries and institutions locally, nationally and globally.
For the purpose of this issue, streaming media is a term that encapsulates all video and audio content available via the internet through standard browsers. Additionally, streaming media does not require the user to download the content; rather, it is a live "stream" of data across bandwidth.
With this understanding, The Flyer has explored how streaming media has impacted the sports, movie and music industries; education and instruction; cable services and social media. Based on this data, we also explore the implications and ramifications of streaming media on physical and mental health and cyber security. Moreover, streaming media is constantly progressing. To emphasize this point, Disney launched Disney+, a streaming service intended to rival Netflix, on April 11 at 5 p.m. ET. While these stories only provide a snapshot of how streaming media has affected society, it is The Flyer's hope conversations will continue surrounding this topic.