Saturday, June 9, 2012

Digital vs Analogical

During Wednesday's class, we focused primarily on a comparison between digital and analogical. A digital system is composed of discrete units- namely letters (the alphabet), numbers ands words (language). "In between" values do not exist in digital. On the other hand, we learn that analogical is constituted of continuous units whose values change over time. In terms of measurement, analogical systems have values that are never exactly the same and can infinite values in a range; thus, taking up more room. Conversely, digital is all about counting and acquiring a precise value. Digital is more compact which is why it is incorporated in the many new media technologies, i.e. digitalizing voice in the telephone system and computers. Digitalization has revolutionized the way we see and do things. For example, in class we discussed the impact of digital on copying. When reproducing data, the content is retained and nothing is lost. It has also made it easier to edit things such as pictures and documents via the computer. With all the features and possibilities it has to offer, digitalization serves an imagination stimulant. Through technology that is fueled by digital systems, a whole new creative realm is unleashed.

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