Tuesday, February 9, 2010

New New Media

I like the phrase coined by Levinson "New New Media," however, as we discussed in class, what do we call the next generation of media that are more progressive than the current ones? And at the rate in which we're going, media such as 3G iPhones and Twitter for example, will be outdated before we know it.

For me atleast, this fact is worrying. The speed at which our culture adopts new technologies and media is ever increasing. Like the video watched in class of the students in the lecture hall revealing facts of their technology and media use, there is simply not enough time to do everything that's required of us without extreme multitasking. And just as the PBS documentary pointed out in their study of students who were considered skilled multitaskers, the truth was that they weren't as talented at this as they originally thought they were. Where do we draw the line?

1 comment:

  1. Alvin Toffler had a phrase for what you're talking about here--future shock (although Neil Postman claimed to have actually coined it). And you are quite right, the challenge becomes how we are to manage all this new media, how to deal with information overload and interaction overload--Kenneth Gergen wrote about the increasing number of relationships we have in The Saturated Self, how do we decide what to do and most importantly when to say no and turn it off.