Class Notes

Monday, 1/30 Class Notes

Again, I apologize for the equipment malfunction on the class audio. Looks like I’ll have to start plugging in my iPod so I don’t have to rely on the battery. But, as promised, in lieu of audio I’m pasting below my lecture notes, with corresponding page numbers.

75min New Media: A Critical Introduction, 1.1-1.2
What are the established media? – 9
Examples of the shift in media – 9-10
3 justifications for the term “New Media” – 10
Indications of change in both media and culture – 10-11
Connotations of the “new” – 11
Alternatives to “New Media” – 11-12
New as Digital – 12
Kinds of New Media – 12-13
Characteristics of New Media – compare these to Lievrouw’s 4 factors that distinguish new media – 13-44
Digital – 16-21
Interactive – 21-25
Hypertextual – 25-30
Networked – 30-35
Virtual – 35-37
Simulated – 43
Alternative & Activist Media, Ch1
Empowerment of New Media – 1-2
Summary of the book’s structure and purpose – 3
Defining New Media – 6-7
Distinguishing factors of New Media – 8-15
Hybrid or recombinant technologies – 8-9
Networking, even networks of networks – 9-12
Ubiquity – 12-13
Interactivity – 13-15
What makes online media alternative/activist? – 16-19
What makes media alternative/activist? – 16-17
What distinguishes alternative/activist new media from a/a “old media”? – 17-18
Summarized answer to the question – 19
“Genres” of alternative new media – 19-27
QUESTION – How do we define genre?
Genre defined – 20-22
5 genres of Alternative Media discussed in the book – 22-27
Culture Jamming – 22-23
Alternative Computing – 23-25 (We won’t be discussing this)
Participatory Journalism – 25
Mediated Mobilization – 25-26
Commons Knowledge – 26

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