Digital revolution: computer revolution
A digital revolution means the advancement technology from the analog to the digital and the shifting of using the mechanical devices to the use of digital devices. In the 21st century, there have been a lot of improvements as technology is concerned. An example of these advancements is the computers. Computers have been upgrading day by day and powerful and more powerful computers are being produced. Computers of the old generation were using IC’s. This has been faced out with better computers. Computers are now made using microchips and microprocessor (Techi warehouse 2001). They are relatively small and cheaper unlike the old generation. They use less power and store a lot of data. Another digital revolution is E-learning. Many students in the current times do not physically attend classes. The technology has evolved and some educative software has been made. This software has the guide and all the materials student need for learning. I think the digital revolution has brought a lot of good things to all the people in the world. Thank to the new technology, many people can afford laptops and computers. The new technology has also made learning easier. E-Learning or distance learning as many would call it is much cheaper than attending the class physically. The best advantage about this leaning I that one can attend a class any time provided he or she has the portal.
Communication changes affecting time and space
Communication has in the recent past reduced the time and space between us and other people. Mobile communication has been of great help to reduce the time needed to travel for a message to be conveyed. Many people own cell phones and the travelling time are greatly reduced. Other services like video calling and text messaging has also reduced the time needed for the message to be relayed. These types of communication have also reduced the space between people. People feel that they are more close to one another through the updating and social sites, owing to the communication between them. Communication has also developed in a sense that people can store their data in space. The safest and cheapest method in this generation of storing data is in space. Data is backed up in space and only the right users with the correct authentication can access the information (The Guardian 2012). The changes in communication have been of great help. In my view, these changes have helped in strengthening the friendship and family ties. It makes people feel the closeness and always know what is happening in the other person’s life. The advances in communication has also reduced the amount of cash and time wasting that would be used if the people were to travel to different places with the aim of delivering a message that can e made via a phone call or an email.
Changes from writing in words, printing then digital
Writing using words was an ancient ad a traditional way of representing ideas. It was faced with many errors and the production of massive copies of the same was not possible. The product was not identical. Printing of documents has enabled production of many identical papers possible. One does not have to proofread for errors or compares the product with the manuscript. Printing is often done with no errors since the computers highlights the parts with grammar errors. Work also produced through printing is also presentable and neat unlike words written using a pen a paper (Gateway printing 2013). Complex and accurate presentation of data is also possible with the aid of printing. The advancement that has occurred from printing is the shift from the presentation of data from the hard copies to the soft copies. This has taken over in schools. Some lecturers and tutors demand the assignments in soft copies as opposed to printing them. The digital way of presenting has also taken over in the internet. Many books are found in the internet. These books are commonly known as E-books. They pose competition to the printed books since they are cheaper. Some of the E-books are even free! My view on the digital writing is that they are best. One does not necessarily need to have a library to access the vast books needed in our day to day life.
Mobile technologies as defining technologies for youths
Technology is the use of machine or tools that makes things that pretty hard easier to deal with. Technology in communication means the advancement in the electronics like phones and computers. Smart phones are an example of the technology advancement in place. Portable mobile devices have changed the way people live. It is rare to find someone in the puberty or even an adult without a mobile device. Mobile technologies help us in the interconnections with our friends. The ability of the mobile devices to access the internet makes it even more useful in learning. Students access the internet for class work purposes and get the reading materials online (zeewagar77 2009). Our mobile phones has changed the way we live and they have become part of the social sites like facebook and twitter are some of the entertainment we get from the phones –not forgetting the enormous games we can download from the internet. We are evolving with the new technology. My view on the mobile technologies is that it has become part of our lives. The young generation needs smart phones or phones in general in their lives. These phones act both as educative devices and as the source of own entertainment.
Week 5 landscape; images and their meaning
Digital media are as visual as they are textual. Many streets adverts and in the road junctions use lighting to advertise. These lighting are arranged such that they form a text that is very attractive. These lightings are also available in banking halls and they give essential information on the services offered. They create an attractive and appealing landscape to people. Images are also very educative and carry a very big meaning. Depending on the culture of the people, one image may differ in meaning from other cultures. In communication, it is necessary to consider the target group before displaying a certain image. The image may be interpreted wrongly or it may never reach the target group (Learn NC 2013). Being image literate for individual or the culture means to be able to decode the meaning several images that may be used textually. The ability of being image literate is a crucial skill in life. In many places, images are used to convey information. This may be in the internet or sign boards in the normal work places. Failure to decode what these images mean can lead to people committing grave mistakes. Some images in road signs are warnings of danger and failure to know what they are saying can make some people walk into their grave.
Effects of everyday-bodies and techno-bodies
Techno bodies, often known as the modern bodies are unrealistic and imaginary people who are an invention of science and technology ( ICEA 2011). The term techno-bodies is used to describe the hybrid of human and technology and it is represented in the media films. It is incorporated with scientific fiction which makes it so real. The human body is reconstructed through technology in the postmodern period (Kunzru, Hari: 1997, ‘You are Cyborg’).They techno bodies have very advanced machines and technology. They do things that are extra ordinary things that are only possible in very postmodern technology. These techno-bodies are created in cyberspace using advanced technology.. These techno bodies are used to make videos and cinemas that are used for commercial purposes. They often predict how the technological world may evolve in the future giving the people an idea of what to anticipate. In my view, the techno bodies are very entertaining. These films give the viewer a chance to be in the post modern world and think about the things that may happen in future. The ability of techno bodies to integrate high levels of technology and science make the films to some extent credible. The science fiction used by techno bodies is not yet discovered and the act of incorporating it in these films shows a possibility of it becoming true someday.
Television changes in 2013
Television in 2013 is a digital electronic used for entertainment and as a tool of communication. It uses digital broadcasting as compared to the analog broadcastings that was done years ago. Television in 2013 can also be referred to as cybernetic. This means that televisions have the science of feedback-based control (Flow TV 2010). Viewers choose the program they want to view at any given time. The shifting of broadcasting method has also brought the development in the quality of images in the television (Adams M 2001). The landscape of digitally broadcasted images is very clear as compared to the analog ones. The digital broadcasting has also increased the number of channels one can view. The TV in 2013 has brought very much advancement in form of the choices the people want to make. People no longer watch the many advertisements that are not necessary to them. The politicians that used to drive their agenda in television have no luck because the will of the people choose what they want to view. This whole revolution of broadcasting has brought better things as far as the programming of TV is concerned. It has made people move to high level in terms of communication and entertainment. These services are now consumer based.
The types of programs brought on TV are also greatly varying and there is an introduction of the TV realty shows.
The Effects of Technology on Learner’s Language
The statement by Bay that technology has many affected many students negatively I think is totally unacceptable. In my view, technology has brought a lot of good things to student. This is in terms of academic. There are very many millions of reading materials available online and students use them wisely. Personally I use the internet for research and contrary to what bay has stated about writing, my Language is not affected. I am a great fun of the social sites like twitter and this does not affect how I read or write. I read long pieces of writing despite my great exposure to social sites. I see no difference to my English proficiency since I joined social sites.
The ritual side of news media as a popularity driver
I agree with Kit when he says that the people are happy in news when they are considered part of the news. I also agree with him on the fact that the indulgence of the people in the giving of the news can help to shape the relevance of the news. I do not find the example Kit gives to support the ways of popularizing online news appropriate. Insulting the readers is a very bad habit and can taint the picture of the news company. It can make people have a very bad attitude about the company or the person who insulted them. As far as it is a way of popularizing news, some people take insults seriously. On a personal level, I take serious actions against anyone who insults me. Kit would have found a better example to support his topic.
Methods of improving communication
I completely agree with the methods of improving communications given by the writer. I strongly advocate for the right use of gestures. One should always know that different people have different meaning on certain gestures. They should therefore know their target group when talking to them. The issue about planning is also very important. It is important to note that the same message can be interpreted differently; this all depends with how much time was taken to prepare. The channel of the message delivery is also a key determiner to how the message will be received. I agree with the writer on this. I also think that timing is very important as far as communication is concerned. Proper timing makes the message to be received appropriately.
Have our lives become too attached to the Internet?
The woman you interviewed is very interesting and her line of works allows her to be glued to the internet. Her accessibility to the internet facilitates this. I am quite sure that if you interview another person you would get different opinion on the broad question. I use my tablet and smart phone for other official things. I browse the internet when necessary. This is contrary to Hes’ findings that the device someone has determines the time spent on the internet. The interviewee cannot be relied on to make the conclusions on whether we are or we are not attached to the internet. A better statistics needs to be taken so that we can know where majority lie. Personally I am not attached to the internet.
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