Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Understanding New Media Ch 34-43
These chapters of Logan's book are in Part III: The Analysis of New Media not Dealt with in Understanding Media. In other words, this deals with technologies that emerged after 1964, and the ways they were affected by New Media. Chapter 34 talks about hybrid and converging technologies, such as the microcomputer system. Chapter 35 deals with the multifunction printer, photocopier, scanner, and fax. It enhances distribution, and allows everyone to "be a publisher." Most households have one of these systems today. The cell phone, as talked about in chapter 36, now includes a camera and many have computer functions. Today, people are always connected and available. The personal computer can now come in the form of a handheld device, making it easier to work from home. The PDA, although not widely used anymore, used to combine multiple organization functions such as a calendar and a notepad. Other media affected include computer software and the internet, which includes an enormous amount of information. Other chapters in this section included email, IM, SMS, bulletin boards, and the world wide web.