Archive | September 2012

What Is New Media?

Key Terms

Manipulable-Digital information is easily changeable and adaptable, at all stages of creation, storage, delivery and use

Networkable-Digital information can be shared and exchanged among large numbers of users simultaneously, and across enormous distances

Dense-Very large amounts of digital information can be stored in small physical spaces or networks servers.

Compressible-The amount of capacity that digital information takes up on any network can be reduced dramatically through compression, and decompressed when needed.

Impartial-Digital information carried across networks is indifferent to what forms it represents, who owns or created them, or how they are used

Digitisation-Diverse forms of info, including text, sound, image and voice are encoded in a single code

What Exactly Is New Media?


I thought these pictures were a good example of new media.

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Is new media really new because new media is coming out every day?

Example DVD newer than tapes

Downloading music is not new media because it changes form but because it changes means of distributing music and storage.

Any approach to new media has to take three approaches:

  • Devices that enable us to extend our ability to communicate
  • Communications activities we engage in to develop and use devices
  • Social arrangements that form around the devices

The Internet

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The Internet represents the newest, most widely discussed, and most significant manifestation of new media.

World Wide Web 1990’s

The users of the internet are steady rising

Four features of the Internet

  • Colorful images, the music and audio
  • Hypertext
  • Search engines like Microsoft Explorer
  • Writing source code for the World Wide Web

Internet is the fastest growing medium ever recorded

Networks and Networking

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Examples of networks are broadband cable or ISDN



“What’s New About New Media” was very interesting to me. One reason is because the author asks the question what is new media. I like that question because I ask myself that sometimes as well. For instance, if the new IPhone comes out in June and another version of the IPhone comes out in August. Is the IPhone that came out in June considered old because another version has come out? Also, in the article it talks about the internet and how much people use it and how the internet came to be what it is today.




Works Cited 

Crew, Terry. New Media An Introduction. Oxford UP, Oxford 2005. Print


Jenkins and Video

The video and the Jenkins notes that I read really made me see that it is important to have knowledge about computers. It also made me realize that in order to have things when you want it you have to know what’s going on in the world and how certain things work like the computer or maybe even how to use the internet for your own benefit. Also, in the notes it talks about affiliations and Facebook is a good way to meet people and learn new things as well.

My term was affiliations like Facebook or Twitter. The video just made me think that just because people live in a different country doesn’t mean we can’t come together and find a common ground. Social media networks not only connect people together but they also help us learn. Also, the video talks about how we are a now generation and social media networks just make it faster to communicate.

Jenkins Note Taking Assignment

Note taking

Affiliations— memberships, formal and informal, in online communities centered around various forms of media, such as Friendster, Facebook, message board metagaming, game clans, or MySpace

There are benefits of participatory culture like one can learn from one another and also people can share his or her opinions.

Access to websites like Facebook can determine if a child will be left or succeed when they enter school

A child has to be familiar with computers because almost everything has to do with computers in this time of day. For example online job applications, online school course and even things like money transactions online.

Video Games


Most people may feel video games are stupid but video games actually constructive. One reason is because if a gamer sees that a certain tactic they used isn’t working they automatically say to themselves, “What am I doing wrong and how can I beat this level”. The gamer has to think about ways to reach the next level. I am a gamer and I love fighting and shooting games because it keeps me thinking. And when I play on Xbox live I enjoy asking people how I can improve my gamer skills. (Blake Ross 14,  A game called Sim City made him interested in computing) I also read that Beck and Wade said that gamers were more open to taking

risks and were most likely very willing to work with a group.

Pew Study

57 of teens who use internet could be media creators (person who make a blog, website, uploads pictures on internet into their own creation). This is interesting to me because people log into say for instance Facebook or Twitter every day and they don’t realize that they are media creators.

Enabling Participation

Many people apart of affiliations, circulation, problem solving with groups and expressions. I feel that parents and teachers should inform children about skills needed to make it in this new media culture world.

Why Should We Teach Media Literacy

Laissez faire approach is basically saying that we should not push things like media literacy on a child and let him or her make own decisions on their own about things like medial literacy.

Some states charge to access the internet (No free Wi-Fi)

(PBS 2005) Philadelphia allows low income families to be connected. Good because I feel that the internet should be free to all users because it is something that is important especially in this day of time. And I also do believe that if a child doesn’t have access to the internet that they will definitely fall behind in school or the work field.

Legislation to block access of social network in the schools and libraries will widen participation gap

Wartella, O’Keefe, and Scantlin (2000)…….Said kids with access to computer have positive attitudes.

By writing daily blogs, the creativity level and productivity level of the students increased. They also learned skills such as how to use the Internet to conduct research. This was interesting to me because me not being aware of blogging thought it was just a place where people create pages just to gossip.

Negotiation — the ability to travel across diverse communities, discerning and

respecting multiple perspectives, and grasping and following alternative sets of norms (If a child is familiar with social media networks like Facebook or Twitter then they become more aware. For example like different cultures.

Networking — the ability to search for, synthesize, and disseminate information. (Facebook, Twitter or Myspace)

Transmedia Navigation — the ability to follow the flow of stories and information across multiple modalities (This is good because adults as well as children need to be informed about everything that’s going)

Work Cited:

Jenkins, Henry. Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2009. Print.