26/02/16

The impacts of Digital media include:

  • The digital revolution
  • Disruption in industry
  • Individual as content creator
  • Web only news
  • Copyright challenges

Since the years of the first invention of the digital computers, computing power and storage capacity have increased enormously. Personal computers and smartphones put the ability to access, modify, store and share digital media in the hands of billions of people. Many electronic devices, from digital cameras to drones have the ability to create, transmit and view digital media. Combined with the World Wide Web and the Internet, digital media has transformed 21st century society in a way that is frequently compared to the cultural, economic and social impact of the printing press. The change has been so rapid and so widespread that it has launched an economic transition from an industrial economy to an information-based economy, creating a new period in human history known as the Information Age or the digital revolution.

The transition has created some uncertainty about definitions. Digital media, new media, multimedia, and similar terms all have a relationship to both the engineering innovations and cultural impact of digital media. The blending of digital media with other media, and with cultural and social factors, is sometimes known as new media or “the new media.” Similarly, digital media seems to demand a new set of communications skills, called transliteracy, media literacy, or digital literacy. These skills include not only the ability to read and write traditional literacy but the ability to navigate the Internet, evaluate sources , and create digital content. The idea that we are moving toward a fully digital, “paperless” society is accompanied by the fear that we may soon or currently be facing a digital dark age, in which older media are no longer accessible on modern devices or using modern methods of scholarship. Digital media has a significant, wide-ranging and complex impact on society and culture.

Ref: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_media

There are so many types of technology that connects us more to each other and without it now some people would say we’d be in a bad place. Technology includes things like, phones, tablets, smartphones, laptops, pcs, cameras, games consoles, radios the list is somewhat endless. Not only have these pieces of technology introduced themselves into our world they have also upgraded to do greater things to change the way how we live. So for instance let us take a games console, years ago there were arcades where you’d have to go to play them, as the years went by people could eventually purchase the likes of an NES or an Atari. Then they evolved apart from the Atari which dropped due to trying to handle things that the processor couldn’t take. As the years went by they decided to bring these consoles into a social circle making games compatible for two people to play together, this was the start of multiplayer. The graphics got better and better the more the consoles evolved and eventually they got connected to the Internet so people can socialise and become friend with strangers just by sitting at home playing a game. Nowadays you can do anything with a games console going through filming, taking pictures, browse online, Upload content online etc. With technology today most things can do more that one task, back in the day you used to have one object to do the only task you can do with it such as a typewriter.

Technology is evolving everywhere and now it’s slightly worrying about how much we can do by just a click of a button without having to put a lot of effort into it. I’m thinking like with photography, it used to be and still is a hugely talented hobby to do but now there are people who feel like they’re a top class photographer just because they got over a thousand likes on a selfie on facebook, This has changed the way the new generation are seeing how things work and what talent is. Anyway rant over, though technology is evolving no one really has a clear answer to if it’s for the best or not but only time will tell.

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