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Media Frenzy

Illustrating the Dazzle of New Media

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Tony Chalkley

Forging Identities

New Media is primarily a way for users to expand upon their real-life identities or even construct entirely new identities. There are numerous ways to do this through complex ways such as computer programming, to far more simple means such as engaging in social media. Additionally, everything we create using new media, everything that we are allowed to share with the rest of the world, serves as a reflection of our identity. Rather than being controlled by our constructed identity; however, we need to learn to control it.  Continue reading “Forging Identities”

What is New Media? An Extended Definition

Simply put, new media tends to be digital media: any form of media that allows a person to not only immerse themselves but also construct their own unique identity. Old media, in contrast, is what we know as books, radio programs and television; in other words, we are not able to interact with these forms of media, nor represent ourselves within them (unless we ourselves are the creators). New media allows its user to add to, critique and in a sense find themselves in the creator’s material. New media, then, is uniquely not restricted to the creator alone. Continue reading “What is New Media? An Extended Definition”

Narrative

Using forms of new media allow us to achieve a sense of belonging, and in order to do this we must first grasp a better understanding of the world around us. Computers, perhaps more than any other technology, help bridge the figurative and literal gap between people. As various narratives are shared on the internet, barriers are breached and cultures are learned. Instead of a breakdown in communication, an understanding is achieved.  Continue reading “Narrative”

Views on New Media

Janet H. Murray, Lev Manovich and Tony Chalkley offer some enlightening perspectives on what new media is and how it both creates and serves. Continue reading “Views on New Media”

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