I’m Back!

30 07 2013

I know I haven’t posted in a month, so I’m sorry. But I also noticed that I’m only 60 hits away from 2500. So given the lack of action here of late, I want to say thank you for still reading.

I’m only posting here now for a uni assessment. So this won’t be like my usual posting (but that may resume in time; so please bear with me). The class is BCM240, and it’s running for the first time this session. So once again, I’m a guinea pig.

This initial post for the subject is for me to post a picture that I can subsequently discuss in relation to media, audience and place. So here is my picture:

Taken by yours truly

Taken by yours truly

I decided to take this picture to highlight the similarities and differences between the humble newspaper and an iPod (which is my sisters, not mine)

Both are mobile; but only one needs power to operate. Both can divide opinion; one because of what it is, the other because of what is within. Both can be viewed by multiple people at one time; but only one is big enough that it doesn’t need to be passed around.

Another reason why I took this picture is because how it could be said that one may (admittedly at a stretch) be said to be an ancestor to the other. With a newspaper, you can voice your opinion (both verbally as you read and visually in print if you’re lucky enough); with internet connection, your iPod can do this. A newspaper has adverts much like your iPod. You can look up specific people on your iPod, and in the newspaper there is an ‘In Search’ section that allows others to see what you are seeking. The newspaper can even be said t be a form of entertainment. It has comics, crosswords, sudoku, quizzes etc. You may even take to and become a fan of a particular writer in a similar way you may follow someone on Twitter or YouTube.

So would it be bizarre to say that an iPod was partially modelled (and thus is an evolution of) a newspaper as much as a computer?

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