‘Old media’ taking ‘new media’ seriously

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!   


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6 Responses to ‘Old media’ taking ‘new media’ seriously

  1. revtc says:

    Thanks blogscapes. Having had a quick look at your site too, particularly your post of 3 Jan 07, its brought to mind an article on ‘virtual culture…’ I wrote about 4 years ago that I’ll post tomorrow. Happy blogging to you too!

  2. blogscapes says:

    Hi, thanks for the comment in blogscapes. Glad that a posting there kinda resurfaced the useful posting of yours (just read it). It looks like some of the socio-issues with the cyberworld have not been addressed or resolved yet, and frankly, don’t think they are easy ones to deal with.

    What you mentioned about avatars sounds very “Second Life”. I just read that Second Life now has its own virtual press! And users or inhabitants have to pay real dollars to read the virtual press! Hm..it’s amazing how the real and the virtual are merging..a bit insane too!

  3. revtc says:

    Yes blogscapes, its a massive new world. I hadn’t heard of “Second Life” before and have just gone over for a quick look. It seems nuts to me that you can build a whole virtual world and spend real money in it (even sounds weird writing ‘in’ it…). I can’t say I really understand it all, and as a naturally outdoors person, going into that virtual world doesn’t appear that attractive.
    Having said that, I can distinctly remember in the early 1980s, when personal computers were really starting to get going, that I wasn’t interested in them and didn’t want to get interested in them. I could never have envisaged using a computer everyday as a ‘normal’ part of work and life, and certainly not interacting with people like this in cyberspace. And for the last 3 months, having been laid up in bed with a badly broken heel, the internet has been fantastic – its made me re-think my attitude to folks who are completely housebound and bed-bound due to illness or infirmity etc.
    So, it makes me wonder how much further I’ll engage with the digital world.
    Timbob, it sounds like you’re quite concerned about your daughter, and I s’pose I would be too if I were in your shoes. My kids are all grown and did their teenage years when chat rooms were just starting, and back then we had a very old computer and a slow dial-up connection, so their getting involved in cyberspace like your daughter is was not a problem.
    But have you tried to get her to teach you about myspace and her cyberworld, and simply become a ‘learner’ in order to understand? In other words, take a deep breath, and allow yourself to be taken by her hand to places you’ve never been before and allow the Spirit of God to guide your questionings. And keep your nose open for the whiff of where God is already at work in her world – coz he will be. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. blogscapes says:

    Yes, the opportunities that tech brings can be pretty amazing! It’s just that we need to still be aware of the human touch, the human factor. All too often, I see a group of friends together but each is busy playing with his/her cellphone, laptop, PS2, etc…which seems kinda strange, almost anti-social? Well, hope the heel is healing! cheers

  5. Vijay says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog… interesting views…I see that you are blogging in Singapore… that must be interesting in itself 🙂

    I love Singapore.. lived there for 3 years ’92-’95

  6. blogscapes says:

    Hi, thanks for the comment. Having lived in Singapore before, I guess you’ll be able to better understand where some of the views are coming from!


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