What is new media?

No, really. What is it?

New media is such a broad term that it is almost impossible to come up with a solid definition.

I define new media as media that is present on the internet or any sort of digital device, in a form other than a printed piece outside of the internet.

I consider new media as blogs, online newspapers, social media, books that are now available online versus print, as well as any other sort of software or program that allows us to present information to the world.  New media can be accessed by anyone anywhere with their own access to the internet.

So what does this mean for us?

This means that to anyone who can access the internet, information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We no longer have to wait to get our information.

YouTube, Facebook, Tumblr, WordPress, Twitter, online news sites…all of these places are giving us our information about the world we live in at a rapid-fire pace.  New media is our primary source of finding out what is going on in the world and it has replaced older forms of communication.

Unlike the older, now almost-obsolete forms of acquiring news and information about the world and the people who live in it (newspapers et cetera), we can have immediate access to this information.  It also means that we are no longer inhibited by geographical location.  New media ensures that we know what is going on all across the world.   But while we have such near-unlimited access to any information we want, new media, technology, and the internet are constantly changing.


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