Thursday, June 7, 2012

Digital vs. Analogical - Class Lecture 6/7

We covered the difference between digital and analogical technologies in class on Wednesday. Digital refers to anything composed of discrete units (that are also arbitrary), such as numbers, letters, words, and more generally, language. Digital units are, essentially, zeros and ones. Analogical refers to anything composed of continuous units. As opposed to being arbitrary like digital units, analogical units must contain a resemblance or structural similarity to what they represent. Pictures are an example of analogical units. Digital, it seems, will win out over analogical for three reasons. First, it takes less space than analogical units. Second, digital products are easier to copy than their analogical counterparts. Last, it is easier to edit digital media than analogical media.

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