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August 19, 2019: New Media

New Media to me is anything that is new and continuously being updated by developer making it user friendly. Social media is more of my generations new media it's hard for some to get the hang of it because it is continuously changing. Apps, computer systems and cameras are all examples of different in style and look from when they were first introduced to the public. New media has moved towards the easy access and digital world as well as it has been taking over minds simple thinking.

August 20, 2019: Wikipedia

In reference to new media I learned that it is just composed of different types of old media that we knew as one thing merged together forming a different new type of media which make more options available. [1] New media is different from cyberculture which can be described being more focused on the social media aspect while new media is more focused on the culture around it and digital. [2] They don't want us to stay stuck using one generations for of electronics they want us to be able to transition as each new technology is made the more you are going to have to convert to it giving into those trying to make a profit. I learned that the definition of new media is not what you initially think that it is and that there is much more to it.

I think new media aside from just being old media put together also is the device. The devices that allow us to view all of the converged older media is also, in part, new media. I also agree that there was way more to the term than we originally thought. Kyannayeager (talk) 13:56, 29 August 2019 (EDT)
I think that new media is always changing, and like you stated about how old media is converged into making new media. It also always advancing, and you are correct that new media is more than what we think such as movies, cell phones, computers, etc... It's about how new media is changing and how it's going to change in the years to come. Vada.amerson (talk) Vada.amerson 21:45, 2 September 2019 (EDT)

September 6, 2019: Foundational Thinkers

I learned that Charles Babbage was an English mathematician and inventor among a lot of other things he was the creator of the first mechanical computer and with years of many improvements became the computers we use today. When Babbage made his computer invention it was meant to be used for arithmetic table for those numbers that had a constant difference he even put all his money into an invention just for the government to stop supporting him. [3] The Memex was created by Vannevar Bush who was an American engineer and inventor he wanted the Memex to be more of a tool to store and keep information possibly even studying your brain I thought that was interesting. The Memex reminds me of the internet the way he described using codes to store the information which is a lot of what we use the internet for today. [4]

September 6, 2019: Marshall McLuhan

Marshall McLuhan was a Canadian Philosopher that is mostly known for his phrase "The Medium is the Message" this point was to describe how we view the world has changed and how they were changed because of new media. The message of the medium is the change that comes from it being exposed to the human world like the example given about the railway and how it didn't introduce the way of getting around but it expanded for more opportunities to come from it. [5] I think that an example I would give for my understanding of the medium is the message is like how telephones were invented but once it got expanded into being a cell phone it changed the way people communicate and interact with each other. In the TED Talk "How Architecture Helped Music Evolve" I understood how it could relate to what Marshall McLuhan was saying even in music every thing at some point changes to make something better out of the out come.

@KhajadaNeal McLuhan was a man before his time. Not only did the " medium is the message " start his great vision of foreseeing things for the future. I love that you mentioned his statement was basically how we view the world and how the world has changed because of new media. VincentH81 (talk) 20:29, 8 September 2019 (EDT)

September 13, 2019: Negroponte

Nicholas Negroponte meaning of "Being Digital" seem to be more about living through life digitally and adapting to it for example using the computer or cell phones that can also be used to check e-mails you don't have to be in one specific area giving you more options. Being Digital was a way to put a title on this new age of technology explains how books that were once important will be important through the digital form as bits get better in the future. [6] Negroponte says that "bits are bits" because they are what makes up everything that is digital it is a key component that causes the digital to work. In the digital world the medium isn't the message because the digital world can be interpreted in different ways by different people through many digital forms like an example of multimedia.

September 13, 2019: The Hacker

I found it interesting that there are good hackers it is just the bad end up with the exposure also to learn that Ben Franklin was a hacker and he started the first volunteer fire fighter company in Philadelphia called the brigade. The good hackers help fit my understanding of "being digital" because I learned they are trying to help improve and change the world through digital form not go into people bank accounts to scam. Some hackers just like to explore systems and get to the root and understanding it better because the hacker hacks to fix or improve. [7] Ben Franklin was considered a life hacker and him being a philosopher helped him to advise and record for others he influenced many people and still does today.

@KhajadaNeal: If you think about it, there are a lot of hackers out there. Every invention, every computer program aims to solve a problem. Even the paper clip has a purpose! I like that hackers are really just creative problem solvers in the best way. It's a shame that crackers gave them a bad name. Hthrxlynn (talk) 01:03, 15 September 2019 (EDT)


  1. Lucas, Gerald "New Media" Gerald R. Lucas.
  2. Manovich, Lev (2003). "New Media from Borges to HTML". In Noah Wardrip-Fruin and Nick Montfort (ed.). The New Media Reader. Cambridge and London: The MIT Press.
  3. Garwig, P. L. (1969). Charles Babbage (1792-1871). American Documentation, 20(4), 320–324.
  4. Nyce, J. M., & Katin, P. (1989). Innovation, Pragmaticism, and Technological Continuity: Vannevar Bush’s Memex. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 40(3), 214–220.}
  5. McLuhan, Marshall. "The Medium is the Message". New Media Reader.
  6. Haigh, T. (2014). We Have Never Been Digital. Communications of the ACM, 57(9), 24.
  7. Life hacking as self-help: The hacker ethos and digital milieu. (2018). Conference Papers -- International Communication Association, 1–33.