How did we get from here (a 70,000 year old piece of engraved Orchre found in Blombos Cave South Africa) to 1 minute of information transfer on the Web.
Part of the reason is the exponential growth of technology
A full 90% of all the data in the world has been generated over the last 2 years.
Every 2 days we now create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilisation up until 2003.
The next step on this exponential curve of technology will be Quantum Computers see short YouTube video for explanation.
Some of the Languages that Mediate or Encode Information.
Since no one has heard of Fractals here is a short intro on Youtube
Which explains that fractal self similarity is encoded mathamatically into the information of Biology.
The story of the life of human information –
1. Creation or Discovery
4. Transfer or Transmission
Whether its lines on a piece of orchre or Web pages online, information is transfered through a Medium of some kind. ‘Media‘ is the plural of ‘Medium’ and ‘Media Studies‘ is the examination of the ways in which information is communicated within society via technology and culture.
We will look at the pre internet world first. From 1950’s to the 1990’s.
Publishing & Broadcasting were the 2 main mediums of information & entertainment access, that included
Radio Tv Newspapers Magazines, Film & Music
The most valued component of media was considered the News. We will be examining
the ‘News Cycle’ and its relationship to Advertising as a source of revenue later.
Media companies were controled sources of information production and access. Information was a commodity that was consumed, by a citizen ‘consumer’.
Note Early Color TV inventor in Mexico by Guillermo González Camarena
Before Google – Public Libraries used for information access.
Today a Masai warrior in Kenya has more access to information on a single cell phone than the president of the USA had 25 yrs ago.
THERE ARE MANY AREAS OF CONTENT STUDY:
1. PRE INTERNET MEDIA & HISTORY OF INFORMATION
2.TECHNOLOGY / CULTURE / PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN COMMUNICATION
3. SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS, CONTENT COPYRIGHT & REMIX
4. MEDIA ANALYSIS / ADVERTISING / BREAKING NEWS EVENTS AND TECHNOLOGY TRENDS / CITIZEN JOURNALISM / NEW NEWS MEDIA OUTLETS
5. WIKILEAKS, SNOWDEN AND THE HACKER MANIFESTO
AND CONTENT CREATION WITH:
THE PRODUCTION AND CURATION OF A PERSONAL BLOG – PLATFORMS WORDPRESS/TUMBLR/WIX/
After school most of the information you will access will come from the Web via a digital device, studying media now will help you access better information to make smarter decisions in life. This course is a preparation for a smarter informed life.
HOME WORK / BEGIN IN CLASS
DECIDE ON YOUR BLOGGING SUBJECT AND SELECT A MEDIA PLATFORM
YOUR BLOGGING INFORMATION WILL BE ‘MEDIATED’ BY YOU, THAT IS TO SAY YOU WILL REPORT A PERSONAL POINT OF VIEW ON YOUR CHOOSEN TOPIC. STRONG OPINION IS ENCOURAGED. I WANT YOUR POINT OF VIEW.
ALL POSTINGS WILL HAVE YOUR WRITTEN TEXT AND IMAGES (CAN BE SOURCED) AND WHERE POSSIBLE VIDEOS.
Term Exam Assessment :
Media Knowledge Written Exam 33%
Personal Blog 33%
Digital Photography Production 33%
Next week we will study the manufacture of the Pre Internet ‘NEWS CYCLE’ and what Journalists are meant to do and how Scientists can help.