Archive for August, 2012

Baym – Seven Key Concepts

The main point of this article was that the term “media” can be very general, thus the definition must be broken into several categories.  This must be done in order for us to fully see how media, especially digital media, has influenced our personal communications over the years.  Baym’s seven concepts to differentiate media are interactivity, temporal structure, social cues, storage, replicability, reach, and mobility.  Baym goes on further to define these concepts and give examples of how they affect our day to day lives.

Interactivity in media and technology is what allows us to stay connected with each other.   The internet and social media are great examples of this.  Temporal structure is broken up further into synchronous and asynchronous.  The biggest difference is that asynchronous communication allows for much larger group interaction, while synchronous is smaller and more personal.  Social cues are the context that can be sorely lacking in digital communication.  Storage, which goes along with replicate, is what allows us to store and later edit, distribute or use at a later time.  Reach is a very powerful concept of digitalization.  It allows a single person to easily be heard by whoever has an internet connection.  Finally there is mobility.  The best examples of this are smart phone and tablets, which allow us to communicate almost anywhere.  By understanding and differentiating digital media in these terms, we can see even more how our communication is influenced by it.

7 Key Concepts Reading

The reading by Baym and Manovich focuses on how media influences personal connections in everyday life. The authors define seven key concepts that are used to compare different forms of media to one another. The seven key concepts are as follows interactivity, temporal structure, social cues, storage, replicability, reach, and mobility.  I believe that based on the information in this reading, the seven key concepts are based on historical analysis and the comparison of new and old technologies.  The main thesis of this paper, is that based on each of these concepts, one is able to differentiate between forms of media.

Interactivity applies to the ability of media to create an interaction between two or more things. Temporal structure refers to the ability for the synchronization of communication. Social cues apply to the connections that people make through the use of media. Storage is the ability to keep data or means of communication for future use. Relicability defines the ability to use stored data to replicate or distribute to other sources. Reach applies to medias ability to create an audience, support, and partnership. Mobility describes the ability for media to be portable. All of these concepts define the type of media that is being observed, in order to be able to tell the difference between different types of media.


This is my inspiration for a possible music mashup.

The article New Mediaby Lister and many other authors was written to communicate what the term “new media” means in our world. It has been described as whatever new artifacts that comes from communications and technology in the last 30 years, but it is much more than that. New media are forms of communications and technology that have changed how the world works industrially, economically and most importantly, socially. The article argues that “new media” are things that have brought foreign countries to communicate seamlessly, have shifted how people fit in the work place and most importantly enabled the world to work together economically.

Lister also points out the contemporary channels that media have been coming from since the 1980’s. We now see that media is more and more coming from what was the “consumer” before the 1980’s. People are now creating things for themselves from access to knowledge about new technologies. Consumers are now able to digitalize, virtualize, network and simulate media in the way they want it because of the breadth of knowledge shared on the internet and these are the characteristics of this “new media” that we are all creating.

photo of an answering machine

Filmmaker Mark Craig’s answering machine

I got a new phone, but on my previous phone there are some old voicemail messages I can’t bear to part with because they’re either funny or precious to me. I decided to save them, but turning them into a useless file on my computer doesn’t seem to translate any of the emotion I’ve got invested in them (these were messages that I would re-save every month, some of them for nearly two years). I decided it would be cathartic and fun to create an animation to go along with the audio. My inspiration for this comes from a few places:

• Talk To Me, a documentary developed out of 20 years worth of audio clips from one man’s life. Read about it  // Watch it.

• Crank Yankers, the Comedy Central TV show that features puppets acting out actual prank calls. Watch it.

Portfolio website for Jessica Walsh

Adam Schocke

After Effects inspiration video

Random interesting video

Jonathan Hortemiller