New media: A general introduction and tools for audio


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New media: A general introduction and tools for audio

  1. 1. Social networks & new media Online audio content Sanjana Hattotuwa TEDGlobal Fellow 2010 Editor, Groundviews (
  2. 2. what is social media? • Social media uses Internet and web-based technologies to transform broadcast media monologues (one to many) into social media dialogues (many to many). It supports the democratization of knowledge and information, transforming people from content consumers into content producers. (Wikipedia)
  3. 3. what is new media? • New media is a term meant to encompass the emergence of digital, computerized, or networked information and communication technologies. • New media is not television programs, feature films, magazines, books, or paper-based publications. (Wikipedia) • But increasingly, old media is leveraging the web, Internet and mobiles in generating and disseminating news and information.
  4. 4. new media and foundations • Blogs • Social networks (Twitter, Facebook) • Google Maps and mashups • Mobiles: SMS, mobile photography and video • VoIP: Skype, Google Chat • And making this all possible is ADSL, 3G wireless broadband
  5. 5. what’s new • Ubiquity of two way communications • Addressable peoples, even those who IDPs or refugees • Both news generation and dissemination leverages new media • Disintermediated models vs. traditional media model • Citizens as producers • Low resolution content broadcast on high definition media
  6. 6. enduring challenges • Impartial, accurate coverage still vital, increasingly hard to ascertain • Torrent of information. Trickle of knowledge. • Veracity / Verifiability hard to determine • Post-disaster communications can be unreliable and difficult. Eye-witness accounts are partial, subjective. • New media / technology illiteracy even amongst journalists • Apathy and animosity against citizen journalism • Licensing and attribution of online content
  7. 7. What is out there?
  8. 8. bearing witness: Groundviews
  9. 9. online video: Vikalpa YouTube Channel
  10. 10. alternative politics in Sinhala: Vikalpa
  11. 11. news from provinces: Perambara
  12. 12. kottu: blog aggregation
  13. 13. sinhala bloggers union: Sinhala blog aggregation
  14. 14. sinhala bloggers union: Sinhala blog aggregation
  15. 15. twitter: new perspectives
  16. 16. flickr content on sri lanka
  17. 17. social networking: facebook
  18. 18. social networking: facebook reach
  19. 19. readership and reach: web media From 19 – 27 May 2010, Groundviews ran a special edition on the end of war in Sri Lanka. Over this week alone, the site received over forty thousand readers and exclusively featured over eighty-thousand words of original content, one video premiere, over a dozen photos, generating over one hundred and fifty thousand words of commentary. Tens of thousands more have read and commented on this content since.
  20. 20. What is out there in audio form?
  21. 21. music: from pop to classical
  22. 22. music: from pop to classical
  23. 23. podcasts from BBC: news and current affairs
  24. 24. podcasts from BBC: news and current affairs
  25. 25. podcasts from NPR: news and current affairs
  26. 26. podcasts from Apple iTunes
  27. 27. podcasts from Apple iTunes
  28. 28. pronunciation from google dictionary
  29. 29. Managing content: Pushing out
  30. 30. essential email: Gmail
  31. 31. blogging
  32. 32. blogging
  33. 33. blogging
  34. 34. blogging via phone
  35. 35. broadcasting via a PC
  36. 36. mobile phone broadcasting
  37. 37. reports through audio
  38. 38. soundcloud: upload audio to the web
  39. 39. Managing content: Pulling in
  40. 40. google search: Updates from social media
  41. 41. google news: thousands of sources
  42. 42. google reader: a web based RSS reader
  43. 43. key points: recap • New technologies potentially give voice to all citizens • Be sceptical of new information, but use new media to push and pull content • Develop media literacy to embrace new technologies
  44. 44. Thank you