The era that we live in now is where ways of communication is always changing in out contemporary life from how we learn, interact, create, and consume with one another (Jenkins n.d.). Let’s first start with defining the term “Media Convergence”. Media Convergence explains the fusion or merging of several media to operate as one. The best example would be the how companies from the traditional media utilized the unlimited use of the Internet.
“The digital revolution paradigm claimed that new media was going to change everything” (Jenkins 2006). Well, with having access to the Internet through the computer, TV series can be streamed online, movies can be downloaded, online newspapers and magazines are available, and we could even listen to the radio online. Then suddenly, traditional media has lesser demand.
But it just doesn’t stop there, with the rise of smart phones and tablet PCs, it would be no surprise if computers get outdated, having the power of a desktop computer in a handheld device and can be carried around in our pockets or handbags. Being able to perform any task a computer can along with the functions of a phone.
The ways of how we communicate with one another now is somewhat redefined. With the Internet, distance does not matter anymore. Social media and sharing sites connects almost everyone in the world together in the global village, allowing consumers to take media to their own hands, consuming the media and then producing their perception, then the media becomes consumer driven – in other words, a Prosumer -. Jerkins argues that “When people take media into their own hands, the results can be wonderfully creative; they can also be bad news for all involved.” True to that, it can be wonderful when several ideas of people form different parts of the world from an original song, are compiled to create something new. Here’s an example:
Bad news can be involved to, because the information in the Internet can be accessed by anyone that has connection. Valuable information maybe used against certain parties. Some irresponsible consumers might even make up a false news to create havoc just so they can. These issues are often seen done about political or government issues.
Media convergence is taking new forms in countless ways and it is almost impossible to foresee. My guess is, to think small where you can have more.
Gotyemusic 2012, Gotye – somebodies: ayoutube orchestra, accessed 17/9/2012, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opg4VGvyi3M
Jenkins, H n.d., Media convergence, weblog, accesssed 17/9/2012, http://web.mit.edu/cms/People/henry3/converge.html
Jenkins, H 2006, Worship at the Altar of Convergence, A new paradigm for understanding media change, pp.1-24, accessed 17/9/2012, http://www.nyupress.org/webchapters/0814742815intro.pdf