Media Convergence Worksheet
Write brief 250- to 300-word answers to each of the following:
1. What is meant by the term media convergence with regard to technology, and how has it affected everyday life? Honestly from my point of view I was never aware of the phrase “convergence” until I was enrolled in my current HUM 176 class. Convergence is generally classified as the transmission and compatibility of various digital compositions such as music, radio, videos, pictures and data through an array of electronic devices which include mobile phones, television, computers, and gaming consoles. Along with this, convergence in a technological form can be acknowledged as the compatibility of data among various computer platforms. Technological convergence becomes present when an asset that is discharged shares or borrows numerous factors and supplements other products with the intentions of taking advantage and performing multiple functions. According to the reading, Modern Media convergence has broadened in such a way that the simple merging of newer and older forms could exist. Furthermore, technological convergence has influenced the everyday life by impacting telecommunication. A good example of this would be categorized as “triple play.” In saying this many people access the internet by using a DSL line that uses a particular IP address and allows an assortment of options such as Internet TV whether it is free or on demand, voice telephone options such as Skype and other simple internet services which include Facebook and Windows Live Messenger. These services allow an individual to have free audio and calls between users. I believe that our technology has an extreme affect on everyday life, most of us would not know how to function without it, including myself. I never thought I would depend so much on technology, because I grew up in a time without it.
2. What is meant by the term media convergence...