Five Questions: Marc Saltzman
5 Questions: Marc Saltzman
Photography by Brendan Hoffman for CNN.
Story by Irene Calderon and Matthew Keys, CNN
As an avid technology news writer I must admit that being at the forefront of social media and the shifting effects technology has on us all has been a unique and fascinating experience.
I’ve been following the business, politics and the “new” media for more than 25 years.
When I started writing my first blog, it was all about the current state of the tech sector.
And then, the iPhone arrived.
The industry has moved on — now I focus on the fast-growing trend of podcasts.
There are at least 72 countries with their own podcasts, which I believe is a record number. (in the past 25 years of my career!)
The digital revolutions reshaped tech and media in such a way that anyone with a tech savvy story could make an impact.
And that has stayed true for 25 years.
I have seen groundbreaking achievements in smartphones, tablet computers, electric cars, voice over Internet protocol, holograms, drones, virtual reality and messaging apps to name a few.
But people will always find a way to relate back to an old-fashioned story.
Here are my 5 questions for Marc, a guide to the years spent telling stories about the world of tech:
1. How have you seen tech evolve?
Technology was hardly a hot trend when I started writing about it in the late 90s.
By 2003 I had covered the release of the iPhone, which I viewed as a major advance over Palm, the smartphone of the 90s.
Since then mobile and smartphones have evolved beyond the days of clunky bricks and ushered in a new era of the technological revolution.
Now there is new technology every week, but I’ve seen it often over the years as it comes out and shapes how people use technology.
2. What’s the best tech story that has been covered by you over the years?
On a personal level, one of my favorites has to be when Flip Video was bought by Cisco and then exploded into the tech world.
“Flip Video was a spectacular and innovative product that helped pave the way for today’s mobile devices,” Saltzman said.
The story has become a Hollywood movie and was even picked up by Intel as the company’s “Excellence in Innovation Award” award for 2018.
3. What gadgets have you been most fascinated by in the past 25 years?
I’ve been most fascinated by my handheld gadgets — particularly when I was writing about an iPhone.
The moment Apple was about to release the smartphone it produced all sorts of products.
There was the first iPhone, the iPad, the iPod, the Siri personal assistant and even the smartwatch.
The time required for these products to find their place in the product suite of the smart device makers meant that they were constantly evolving as technological advances took place.
You can add to that my love for the lost art of photography as well as my great affinity for the analog photos that I used to take during the I-day.
4. Why do you think technology news stories have stayed with us for so long?
Because technology will forever remain fresh. It touches every life and you don’t have to wait years or decades to find out what is new or what is going to evolve.
Simply switching on a phone or a computer or syncing it with your headphones on a subway ride, is enough to set off a pulse in any reader.
I think there is something to be said for the allure of experiencing new technology in a fast paced and casual environment.
5. How has technology changed your life?
You must remember that I took over two decades of notes of whatever mobile devices I used.
So, technology has changed my life in many unexpected ways.
I found an invaluable, inexpensive tool for writing longer essays as an adjunct to my journalism and while I traveled — until technology overtook the world.
I moved from New York to Nashville in 2011, and the technology introduced the world to the city which I found fascinating.
So, while technology has changed my life, it’s also given me new and interesting perspectives of an other life.