The future of electronic media, including motion pictures, is only partially dependent on the advances in the development of new equipment. Smaller, less expensive, higher-quality equipment will make a difference, but knowledge and inventive use of communication is the key-software and brain ware, not hardware, will determine the future of electronic media, especially for you as a writer. Social, civic, legal, and economic forces interact to guide changes, either to advance or to impede progress in any changing aspect of society. Each step in the move of communication to the digital world has done so only with the combined final agreement of each of the levels of society: government, corporations, the law, and finally the people determine the final outcome of the next step.