Digital Technology : The Modern Method Of Global Exposure And Communication

1734 WordsDec 1, 20147 Pages
The term “digital media” describes the modern method of global exposure and communication rather than the actual technologies themselves (such as the internet or mobile phones). When you look closely at the differences between “new” and “old” technologies, you will be surprised that it is a very short list. The use of radio, television, telephone, and picture-taking technologies display images, words, and sounds in relatively the same way as digital media does, only with improvement as to quality. Old and new media are orientation around the same uses, institutions, and support. I believe that people understand digital technology to be “revolutionary” not because of what they do, necessarily, but because of the new method of making connections and networking across the web that has spanned from digital media. In order to analyze what digital technology is, you have to first understand what the word “technology” means. In my understanding of the word, there are three prongs to which a supposed “technology” must meet. A technology has to be a) a device or “thing”, b) you must need knowledge about the device and how it is supposed to work, and c) it must have a compelling social use. In doing research into popular culture, digital media meets all these prongs to earn the definition of a technology, and it can be further defined as a technology that transmits words, images, and sounds over a cable network. Now, how revolutionary is digital media? When did it first appear
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