Emerging Media Is Here To Stay…For Now

What exactly is emerging media?

So this past week kicked off the beginning of IMC 619 Emerging Media for the spring 2015 semester, and I must say it is already beginning to be an interesting course. Our assignment of the week was to come up with a description for the term ’emerging media’, and I thought: “What more can I add to this topic that has not already been described?” Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 7.45.47 PM

Well to start, here is what I know for sure:

Welcome to the new way that we take in information

Visual boards: When I was younger, I used to wonder when there would ever be a way to bookmark all of the things that I loved all in one place, so that I could reference it at later time – now, you have Pinterest.

Shopping: I would always scour the Web for product recommendations to no avail, and I would get frustrated when I searched for hard-to-find boutique items that seemed to be sold out within brick-and-mortar stores. Amazon and Etsy has now come to the rescue. So have various blogs, digital newsletters, and even message boards.

Music: Remember when you used to buy a CD-Rom (holy smokes!) that featured your favorite music artist, only to find out that one out of the 15 tracks in the album were tolerable? Applications like iTunes and Spotify have fixed this problem for you.

We use emerging media so much that we don’t even realize it.

Ever wonder how to make this?

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Pinterest can show you how now. I cannot tell you how many nights dinner has been saved by simply logging into my profile and selecting a recipe.

Where do you get your news from? There are many news sites, fun and serious that I automatically log into every morning before any work for the day gets done. Autopilot.

Emerging media influences all

You can learn anything you wish, in anyway that that you want. A friend of mine wanted to learn how to play the guitar, so she simply searched on YouTube to learn how.

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You could also take a class in person, but who has time for that these days?

You can even use emerging media platforms to teach yourself how to master other forms of emerging media like this vlog that offers tips to new bloggers:

Here are some websites that I found interesting this week:

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http://www.wired.com/2014/12/new-media-2/

How does emerging media enhance your life? Let me know below. 

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