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Septmeber 8, 2019:New Media

Journal 4

Septmeber 8, 2019:New Media

Journal 3

The earliest form of information device of the new age was the abacus[1] a calculating device developed in 1100 B.C.E. was the first digital device of it's time to use ones and zeroes. Moving into the 19th century Charles Babbage pushed new media into the forefront by creating a Difference Engine [2] (a computer) was Babbage's contribution to calculating data. The memex[3] is a database conceptualized by Vannevar Bush named by combining the word memory and index. The memex follows in the same line of calculation that Babbage introduced in the 19th century. Bush created a prototype hypertext system that would take information like books, records, and communication and code them into a hyperlink that would be accessible in the memex. By storing the information the user of the memex would have access to large quantities of information. Thus, taking the knowledge and the storage of knowledge to a larger scale. The memex reminds me of Wikipedia because like the memex its content is based on users input and the rules about how to format and input that content on Wikipedia. Also, the references, citations, and links used on wiki pages link to content directly or indirectly related to the information in Wikipedia just like the memex was when Bush conceptualized the prototype hypertext memex idea. Bush explains in his "As We May Think" essay that the mechanization of data was the next evolutionary step toward accessing and storing large quantities of information. [4] Both Babbage and Bush impacted new media then and now how people, companies, even professional occupations (i.e. medical) all use new media to change how they use computers. They are asking questions like how can I repair a heart without cutting open a person's chest? Buzz words like minimally invasive. Carbon footprint reduction, paperless billing. These are all off shots of new media and how it's changed the way the world functions in the 21st century. Amayesing77 (talk) --Amayesing77 (talk) 18:37, 8 September 2019 (EDT)

@Amayesing77: It's important to note that the memex never actually existed. It was a hypothetical device that, as I noted in my response as well, is a lot like Wikipedia! Computers now do a lot of what these guys thought many different machines would do. Our phones alone have access to books, to hyperlinks to other books, and the ability to go buy other books. Hthrxlynn (talk) 20:23, 8 September 2019 (EDT)

August 25, 2019:New Media

  New Media has many definitions depending on who is writing about it and what aspect of new media that contributor is defining new media. In the article New Media[5], the focus is on how new media is used and how that media is used by humans in their daily lives. The idea of new media and the formats that human access it as a means to buy things in the context of this article was a perspective I had not considered  when you say, “Using these media, the audience become consumers who purchase products and agree to use them in certain ways.” As a user of new media, I don’t think about my purchases as things I agree to use in a specific way, I thought of them as necessities required to function in the world, we live in. 
   Lev Manovich's approach to defining new media has more of a historical point of view to which he says, “…at some point photography, telephone, cinema, television each was new media.”[6] I thought this was a deeper look into defining the term new media by looking at types of media introduced throughout epochs to the present new media which isn’t new as both articles point out the media is in a digital format which makes it new in the way humans and computers interact with it. In the last article that defined new media was less of a definition and more of a guide to technology and how to use it if you were building new media for people to use. Christopher Mims article sums up rules laid out by Dr. Melvin Kranzberg a professor of the history of technology at Georgia Institute of Technology.[7] In these six rules that are written from an analytical point of view, less like you must do this and not that. The takeaway from the rules is technology in different formats digital or industrial will have an impact on culture and society and vice versa culture and society will have an impact on technology from what is created to how is accessed and used.  Each of these articles has influenced how I think about new media and how that media can influence what I buy, how I vote, and how I use new media to express my thoughts in a variety of media formats.Amayesing77 (talk) 21:11, 25 August 2019 (UTC)
I can understand with the first aspect of new media, and how we buy things that we feel are necessary and that helps us make our lives better, but when the article mentioned about how consumers purchase and products and agree to use them in certain ways, I am thinking that an example of that would be when we buy the iPad or iPhone, and when we're setting it up, it shows that long contract about rules and regulations and if we agree to do it, and we click "agree" to move on and get our technology set up. I can see that point of view in that example, and I can also see from you point of view because I think that phones are necessary for emergency phone calls and other things. Also another example that I can see is medicine and how we buy them and agree to use it in a certain way like following the directions to get better, and how that is a necessity for our lives. So I can see that from the article's point of view and your point view. Vada.amerson 21:53, 2 September 2019 (EDT) Vada Amerson

August 14, 2019:New Media

I define New Media as any form of communication in a digital format. This would encompass media content like audio books, Podcasts, Online subscriptions (Netflix, Hulu, etc...), Smartphones, Smart watches, basically anything that uses digital code to help humans get information and communicate information to themselves and others. Amayesing77 (talk) 15:34, 19 August 2019 (UTC)


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  2. Freiberger, Paul A (28 June 2019). "Analytical Engine". Encyclopædia Britannica, inc. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  3. Meyer, Michal (21 July 2018). "The Rise and Fall of Vannevar Bush". Science History Institute. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  4. Bush, Vannevar (July 1945). "As We May Think". The Atlantic Monthly. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  5. "New Media - Gerald R. Lucas". Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  6. Manovich, Lev (2001). New Media from Borges to HTML (PDF). The MIT Press. pp. 13–25. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  7. Mims, Christopher (26 November 2017). "The Six Laws of Technology Everyone Should Know". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 25 August 2019.