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In this video we hear the interview of C.W. Anderson about  the influence of social media in activism and the power that it holds.  He explains that it is important to understand that the technology itself does nothing, but that it is the people that make the movement.  This paints social media in the light that I believe it should be, as a tool to be utilized by the people rather than a force that cannot be directed or controlled.  Media plays a significant role in many things, activism being one, but without the people to power it… its just another piece of technology.

Application Example of Participatory Culture

“Democracy and culture can only thrive when people are engaged in creating the world around them; not when they are passive recipients or alienated from the society they live in.” This quote is directly from the About page of the following link to a website for a nonprofit that is completely dedicated to the distribution and open source availability of media and the development of a stronger participatory culture.

            http://www.pculture.org/

It is interesting that there are entire nonprofits dedicated to this ideal but another great example of participatory culture is the following example that is the creation of many people contributing for a common cause of promoting education through technology to kids in the form of  http://www.edubuntu.org/.  Edubuntu is an operating system designed in opensource that was designed specifically for kids.

It is important to note that not all participatory culture is reflected in blogs or fan art but can be used to create something functional to society as well.

This video gives you a taste of the environment and features that are available to the kids with a jazzy soundtrack!

“New” In New Media Application

The development of this new technology brings a variety of applications that can come be implemented. Here the flexibility of the new display screen allows users and developers to put this new technology into new contexts where digital displays have never been before. This creates the new sense of “new” in new media. Once displays like the one above become more developed they can be expanded in size and used as “new” recourses in media.

Reading Summary Pages 45 – 59

Steve Templeton
Reading Summary Pages 45 – 59
The beginning of the section I have been tasked with reporting on takes a lot of time talking about how new some of these media types are. The newness is not always so new for example digital TV is not a new thing just a new way to get TV content. The fact that many new forms of media are present points to a recycling of old media. Newspapers are still a viable form of media but they are slowly become digital only print.
The idea of refashioning old media as new is an important concept that should be talked about more as this is clearly just repackaging old ideals in a new digital market.
Interaction and control of new media seems to be at the forefront. Being able to interact with others, create posts that others can see and comment on are all ways to increase interact. Other ways include physical interaction with a device which points to HCI components.
Ubiquitous computing is talked about in relation to A.I design. I think the idea os ubiquitous computing is very important to new designs I find that A.I. is a separate topic.

History seems to point to new media just being developed by old media. New media requires a look at history to better understand the concepts and how the new media type came about. There is a large section on Weibel and this stages of new media. Weibel’s theory seems to point that media evolves over time and changes to having less and less physical presence.
Most of the history section the general feeling is that new media is just old media with a new face to show off. Newspapers are still printed just on a website. Netflix allows us the ability to consume media in a new way but doesn’t really make that media different. Many concepts about new media are really based or originate in the past and over time have shaped what we see today.