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Evolution of Digital Media Technologies - Week 2 -2010 13 Jan

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  • 1. COM546 : History and Evolution of the Digital Age Kathy E. Gill 13 January 2009
  • 2. What is “technology”?
    • 1: technical language; 2a: applied science b: a technical method of achieving a practical purpose 3: a totality of the means employed to provide objects necessary for human sustenance and comfort
  • 3. Technology, Simply Put
    • Knowledge used to solve problems and extend human potential.
    • Technology is about enabling change and amplifying its direction .
  • 4. Communication
    • A process in which participants create and share information with one another in order to reach mutual understanding (Rogers, 1995).
    • Two forms: mediated and face-to-face
  • 5. An Evolution
    • Caves in France
    • Paper and charcoal/ink
    • Printing Press
    • Telegraph et al (radio, television)
    • Computer mediated communications
  • 6. So, what is new?
  • 7. 1. Scarcity
  • 8. 2. Distance
  • 9.  
  • 10. " This is the age of telegrams. The public is accustomed to the consideration of facts in the briefest terms.” The Science Record for 1873
  • 11. Paradox
    • Pre-voice telephony – we transferred “data” (eg, wire transfers of money)
    • Digital age – our “voice” is now “data” (zeros-and-ones)
  • 12.  
  • 13. Credits
    • Presentation by Kathy E. Gill, [email_address] , @kegill CC share-and-share alike, non-commercial use
    • Images
      • “ Three” : http://www.irasperipheralvisions.com/images/number-3.jpg
      • “ Reflection”: http://csem.flinders.edu.au/courses/Computing/DigitalMedia.jpg
      • “ Earth” – NASA
      • Clock, Tap - iStockPhoto