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New Media Matrix March 24, 2007

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in Convergence, Journalism, Social Media, Trends.
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What should we think about in this new media matrix? How does the growth of the Internet compare to past technological shifts? Henry Jenkins, Director of the Comparative Media Studies Program at MIT has a new take on media.

We are living through a shift in the communications environment on a scale that has only occurred a few times in human history, comparable to the shift from an oral tradition to literacy, the emergence of print and the rise of modern mass media. Henry Jenkins, MIT

We met when he was in Singapore to launch the Singapore-MIT Games Innovation Lab and deliver the lecture From YouTube to YouNiversity.

This is an exciting moment for media as we grapple with the power of connections through the Web. 2006 ushered in Web video and a new wave of entertainment. 2007 is seeing the phenomenon of “crowdsourcing” in which digital communication tools let people harness the creativity of the masses to make media.

Potential benefits of such participation include opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, greater cultural expression and a more empowered idea of citizenship. While the traditional storytelling skillset remains important, media schools are recognising the need to teach mindset as well.

How are mediamakers creating the future?
Read the conversation between Jenkins and Frank Moss, director of MIT’s legendary Media Lab, about ongoing projects and inventive digital applications. You can download the audiocast at the site.

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