‘Old media’ taking ‘new media’ seriously
6, January, 2007 6 Comments
In a move that signalled that traditional media is taking new media seriously, the Singapore Press Holdings Foundation launched a lecture series on the media in transition, with the first lecture held yesterday. The guest speaker was Prof Jenkins (MIT) who spoke on From Youtube to YouUniversity- Learning and Playing in the Era of Social Networks. He touched on the need for parents to be be aware of what their children were doing online and to guide them, but not control them.
He also spoke on something that I highlighted previously in an earlier blog posting of mine, that of how technology is changing the relationships people have with each other: “there needs to be more investment in forging friendships and building relationships – where people actually meet” instead of just relying on emails and handphones.
Organisations and governments are waking up to the powerful movement brought about by citizen journalism and participatory citizenship. Traditional media seems to carry that sense of “if we can’t beat them, let’s join them” as they try to engage new forms of media to complement and supplement the tradtional forms. Even governments realise that it’s probably easier to embrace new media and harness its potential and avoid its pitfalls than avoid it altogether, as if that’s possible. Having said that, Brazil has actually ordered that Youtube block viewers from watching a steamy video of Brazilian model, after she appealed to the courts to have the video removed! It’ll be interesting to see how the ban will play out in today’s borderless world, esp in cyberspace!
Well, given the fast changing technology that we have, the definition of new media is hard to pin down, or what is encompasses is hard to pin down. There’s been discussion that blogging is on its way out, just like email is no longer as widespread since the advent of instant messenging. I guess the form may change, but the need to communicate and express is something intrinsic, so the essence of blogging will still remain.
It’s exciting to see how new media will evolve thsi year. The blogscape is indeed full of potential!