The Internet And Social Media

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Internet and Social Media
The advent of the Information Age linked people to one another, across vast expanses of geographic space through a simple home computer. While early home users paid per minute of access, the service providers quickly offered a set, monthly fee for access and continuously growing bandwidth availability to remain competitive as users started streaming videos, music, and live broadcasts. Along with entertainment and communication between people, the internet also offers never before seen access to the primary sources of historical narrative formation and a place for multiple voices to engage in shaping these narratives. As I earlier stated, when offering an example of television versus newspapers, the capabilities of the discursive medium shapes both what is communicated and how it may do so. With the internet, audiences are no longer constrained by their passive role as the recipients of the information, limited by what the producers and editors decide to offer. Instead, the multimedia nature of websites allows audiences to read interpretive commentary, view source materials and documents from global sources, watch video of events and speeches, and engage in interactive dialogue through message boards and chat rooms. As new sources become available and contributors add interpretations and responses, the website continues to evolve, reshaping the narrative it tells. While some of this transformation occurs in a collaborative effort with the

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