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Media Technologies

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Chris Westgate

on 2 November 2014

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Transcript of Media Technologies

Media Technologies
Web 2.0
- Touchstone of Web 2.0 is media convergence (social media/instant messages/blogs, etc.).

- All digital content is converted into electronic signals.

- Web 3.0 will be built on a semantic web with more meaningfully organized content and software agents that do the work for us.
Security & Neutrality
- Security: Phishing (identity theft), spyware (information gathering software), data miners, cookie matching, government surveillance.

- Net neutrality: every web site has the right to the same speed and access, despite attempts by Verizon & AT&T to give faster connections to clients willing to pay higher rates (effects on small businesses & non-profits?).
History, cont...
- Microprocessors were developed in 1971 (future PCs).

- NSF connects computers across the U.S. in 1982.

- AOL launches in 1985.

- Web browsers released in 1993.

- Broadband replaced dial-up connections by 2005 in the U.S.
- Late 1940s, analog sounds, images, and text were converted into digital & binary codes to improve rate of reproduction and storage.

- Internet began as a military communications network in the 1960s.

- Early collaborations between academic researchers and military via email in 1971.
Final Notes
- Social Media: extension of "new" media and Web 2.0 into tools that enable conversations.

- The question of "Bowling Alone" and the decline of social capital is posed, but so is the possibility for empowerment (recall last week's social mobility & revolutions/smart mobs).

- Consider two binaries: intimacy & solitude.
Future Tendencies
High mobility: digital library, mobile phone

High interactivity: Internet TV, future version of Kindle

High entertainment: high definition and high fidelity

High flexibility: listen to book and newspapers
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