Digital media is any type of media that are encoded in a machine-readable format. Digital media can be created, viewed, distributed, modified and preserved on digital electronics devices such as PC’s, Macs, Cameras, Games consoles etc. Computer programs and software, digital imagery, digital video, videogames, web pages and websites, including social media, data and databases, digital audio and ebooks are a few examples of digital media. Digital media are frequently contrasted with print media, such as printed books, newspapers and magazines, and other traditional or analog media, such as pictures, film or audio tape.
Joint with the Internet and personal computing, digital media has caused disruption in publishing, journalism, entertainment, education, e-commerce and politics. Digital media has also posed new challenges to copyright and intellectual property laws, fostering an open content movement in which content creators voluntarily give up some or even all of their legal rights to their work. The use of digital media and its effects on society suggest that we are at the start of a new era in industrial history, called the Information Age, perhaps leading to a paperless society in which all media is produced and consumed on computers. Though however, challenges to a digital transition remain, including outdated copyright laws, censorship, the digital divide, and the specter of a digital dark age, in which older media becomes inaccessible to new or upgraded information systems and operating systems. Digital media has a significant, wide ranging and complex impact on society and culture.
I believe the whole thing about becoming a paperless society is a bit of a bad idea due to issues such as hackers and the dark web. If I decided to run my own business I’d make sure we’d have paperwork to go with all our digital work as a backup, though the only issue with that is it could eventually become disorganised and messy.