Trending In The Media And Information Gadget Universe
New media and information gadgets are trending with all the technological advances. Popular in media and news websites, our Information Gadget makes it easy to keep up with the latest.
Media has always been about having the power to buy what you want, when you want. Media is more than just journalism. Media is whatever inspires and resonates with you. The newsroom. The influencer-set. The world of creatives.
Today’s media and information marketplace gives consumers more choices than ever before, whether via traditional news platforms like newspapers or blogs, digital devices like computers and smartphones, or smart home assistants like Amazon Echo or Google Home. Below you’ll find some examples of questions we’re interested in hearing about as we continue our work on understanding media and information consumption across this new landscape – both today and into the future.
Digital media is everywhere in our lives. We use it to read, watch, listen and play; to inform and interpret; to express ourselves and connect with others.
Gadgets are the new way we access and process information. In the early days of smartphones, the screens were not very good, so we kept them muted to avoid the low resolution. But soon enough, great processors like Intel were created that brought smartphones to life with their high resolution SoCs (System on Chip), central processing unit and Graphical Processing Unit.
There are many different ways to be in the media today.
When people talk about how the internet revolutionized communication, they usually speak in terms of interactive communication. This means that two people (or two groups of people) can interact with each other while using the same medium. You can see this as an equal conversation between people. The old way of communicating was through one-way channels, like television and radio where only one person (or one group of people) could send messages to another group of viewers. The internet changed that dramatically by making communication interactive, which basically means that anyone can reach anyone else directly through social media channels such as Facebook, twitter or email.
Blogs & Websites
The term “blog” is the shortened version of “weblog” which is a term used to describe web sites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog features diary-type commentary and links to articles on other Web sites, usually presented as a list of entries in reverse chronological order. Blogs range from the personal to the political, and can focus on one narrow subject or a whole range of subjects. Many blogs focus on a particular topic, such as web design, home staging, sports, or mobile technology. Some are more eclectic, presenting links to all types of other sites.
Blogs and websites have changed the way people consume news and information. The increase in mobile access to the internet has led to a boom in such sites, which are often updated several times a day with breaking news and other information.
Some say that this has led to a decline in traditional media. But others claim that it has provided more opportunities for freedom of expression and an alternative source of news.
What are the benefits and drawbacks of blogs and websites? Is the future of media online?
In recent years, newspapers and magazines have been losing readers rapidly as an increasing number of people have been turning to blogs and websites for news and information. Many people think this trend is likely to continue, leading to the decline in popularity of traditional print media.
I agree that this is a worrying trend because blogs and websites do not provide reliable sources of information. First, anyone can publish a blog or website about any topic without any qualifications or experience. This means that people could read inaccurate reports which may be one-sided or biased for political reasons.
Secondly, traditional print media employs journalists who are trained professionals who conduct interviews with experts on important issues, whereas most bloggers simply write opinion pieces without consulting experts on complex matters.
Podcast & videos
Podcasts and videos have taken on prouder roles in today’s media.
They have been in the background for quite some time now, but with more people taking interest in the forms of media that are not the traditional ones, podcasts and videos have become quite popular.
This is probably because it is easier to find a video or a podcast that caters to our needs than it is to find, say, a book on the same topic. The ease of use is also a factor. While reading and listening to anything may seem like an equal amount of work, we all know it isn’t true.
This explosion in popularity has led to new forms of journalism being created that are not the typical article format. This gives the potential for more people to be reached by journalists and other content creators.
In the media, the usual way to go from zero to a million is to figure out some way to be entertaining. Podcasts and videos are perfect for this because they’re so intimate. The best podcast I know of on how to write is called “On Being a Writer” by Ann Kroeker, who is a professional writing coach. The best video series on how to start a startup is Y Combinator’s Startup School. This kind of product appeals especially to people who are insecure about whether they can do whatever it is, because it’s reassuring to get advice from someone you perceive as being just like you.
In general, the most successful media don’t seem very successful at first. They start as something niche that only a few people care about. But because they’re media, they reach those few people quickly and cheaply, which gives them time and space to improve until eventually they hit on something that works for everyone. This process is called crossing the chasm.
I love podcasts, and I love video. But as a culture we’re still adapting to the new medium of on-demand audio and video. We need new norms for how to consume it, new ways to discover it, and new ways to make it.
I figured I might have something to say about this, because I’ve been doing both for a long time now.
Social Networks & E-Books
One of the most interesting trends in media is how quickly new forms are changing social interaction and commerce. While Facebook is probably the most recognizable of these new forms, there are other emerging platforms that will radically alter the way we think about media.
Social networks and e-books are two examples of this trend. There are many more, from location-based services like Foursquare to Twitter and Pinterest that rely on people broadcasting their interests to their friends. The world is changing fast.
The idea behind social networks is simple: people share information with their friends, who in turn share it with their friends. This creates a network effect where content spreads rapidly from person to person through word-of-mouth. Examples include Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and Google+.
- books have also revolutionized the way people consume media. For example, Amazon’s Kindle lets users buy books online and read them on any device with an internet connection. It’s a great way to discover new writers and keep up with current events. The growing popularity of e-readers such as Nook or iPad means that this form of media consumption won’t be going away anytime soon!
The Importance of Information Gadgets
These days information gadgets are everywhere. The average American has three or four of them. But what is an information gadget? And why are they so important?
An information gadget is a device, real or virtual, that takes in data, processes it in some way, and gives out data. An obvious example is a computer. Less obviously, a phone is also an information gadget. So are credit cards, library cards, subway tokens, and driver’s licenses. A fax machine and a TV aren’t information gadgets because they don’t take any input; a microwave isn’t one either because it doesn’t give any output.
Information gadgets eliminate the need for people to do things for each other. Before information gadgets existed you had to go to the bank if you wanted to deposit money; or if you wanted to buy something from someone who wasn’t physically present, you had to use a middleman such as a merchant or an auction house. Now you can do both yourself with your own computer or telephone.
At first this may seem like a trivial change: what’s the big deal about not having to go to the bank? But reducing the need for people to do things for each other is actually pretty significant; it’s what makes modern society different from all previous ones.