New Media is a new form of communication that is forever changing and improving. I‘m currently a student at USF but taking classes through media forms while in Beirut, Lebanon. I finished my first Bachelors degree by using new media. The old form of communication or old media would have had me be physically in class to be able to take this course.
Twenty-five years ago I travelled to the US to take courses at USF now I am doing it from across the oceans. I studied with hard copy books now I use e-books. I presented my papers in class now I email or upload my work as a file. Per Chalkley we have to think of new media in a different way; it has converged together three different mediums of communication (1) media, (2) telecommunication and (3) computing/ information technology to offer interdependent services via digital networks (Chalkley et al., 2012, p. 14). Also, the response time for getting information from one point to the next is instantaneous even if you live at the other end of the world. “New Media forms are instantaneous, globally accessible, fast, and efficient ways of passing on news and information” (Chalkley, p. 13). Through the convergence of the three separate mediums and the fast and efficient global accessibility of information new media touched my life in a very positive way, even though Murray (2003) warns, that “Fire warms and fire burns” (p. 8). Bad things happen with or without new media; we just have to learn to decipher the good from the bad.
I like to focus on the improved good coming out of the new media for example third graders in the United States sharing and learning with third graders in China. Parents and grandparents are able to talk and see their kids and grandkids in other states and countries. Students being able to take courses while working because of online classes being available while gathering information from local and global sources to learn even more.
Chalkley, T., Brown, A., Cinque, T., Warren, B., Hobbs, M., & Finn, M. (2012). Communication, new media and everyday life. South Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.
Murray, J. H. (2003). Inventing the medium. In N. Wardrip-Fruin & N. Montfort (Eds.), The new media reader (pp. 3-11).Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.