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Chapter 1 Convergence

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Chapter 1 Convergence Com 240

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Survey of Mass Communication
Kristen Maki
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Date Created: 09/05/16
Mass Com. Unit 1 08/30/2016 ▯ Convergence- the coming together of computing, telecommunications, and media in a digital environment  Influences us economically, socially, and culturally  It’s an ONGOING phenomenon  4 main functions of convergence o Surveillance (Twitter or the news [what’s going on])- public relations o Correlation (why it’s important & context) o Cultural transmission (sharing information within own group or culture to culture) o Entertainment (escape)  3 types of convergence o Technological Convergence: specific types of media (print, audio, video  Digital media  Online communication networks o Economic Convergence: merging of internet or telecommunications companies with traditional media companies  Ex. NBC Universal  Consolidation- process of merging old and new media  Independent media enterprises are successful because they are under one umbrella o Cultural Convergence: when popularity emerges globally  Ex. Sex and the City  Ben & Jerry’s is offered all over the world  How we consume, create, and distribute media has changed culturally  Shift from passive/silent audience to an audience who can now create their own  YouTube  There are 8 implications of convergence o Media organization changes o Media type changes o Media content changes o Media use changes o Media distribution changes o Media audience changes o Media profession changes o Attitude and value changes  Media Organization Changes: o Use to have predetermined schedules (tv show times, when the paper would come out) o “Centralized” media organizations when a central unit or an individual control each aspect of the organization (production, distribution, and marketing) o Internet-based media is less centralized o Convergence is creating consolidation o Oligopoly- analog and digital media are being consolidated into the hands of very powerful, wealthy, and large companies  Media Type Changes o Radio has changed (now there is radio online) and can now include images o Free print media have more free-speech protection than media  Media Content Changes o Hyperlinks- something you can click on to take you to another page (internet type of media content change)  Interactive advertisements on websites o Things are more demand now, we need to see/hear things instantly o Digitization- the transformation of how and when media organizations distribute their content o Wiki- a type of website that can be edited by anyone  Media Use Changes o “Encore” performances (showing movies or shows multiples times in a row or on multiple nights) o Portable media devices o Wi-Fi  Media Distribution Changes o Rapid global communication  Everyone anywhere can find things out about companies which can be bad  Steve Jobs had heart attack and Apple’s shares went down because people found out so fast o Viral marketing- spreading news and information about media content through word of mouth (emails, group chats) o Peer-to-Peer (P2P)- computer communications model where all users have equal abilities to store, send, and accept communications from other users o User-generated content (UGC)- content created by the general public for distribution by digital media  Media Audience Changes o Audiences use to be anonymous and couldn’t interact or give feedback but now they can a large scale due to email and other online forums o Produsers- notion that audiences cannot simply be considered consumers anymore but also sometimes take an active role in producing content information  Media Profession Changes o How people do their jobs is changing o Citizen journalism- audience-generated feedback and news coverage o New skills need to be learned but employees still need to know the background  Attitude and Value Changes o A lot of interaction is done online in terms of reviews and reputations of places (trust is crucial) o Different websites will use rankings or “karma points” to prove legitimacy o Behavioral targeting- advertisers determine consumer buying patterns and preferences in advertising campaigns (electronic transactions) o Cookies- information that a website puts on a user’s local hard drive so that it can recognize when that computer accesses the website again. (password recognition and personalization) ▯ Mass Communication in the Digital Age  Interpersonal communication- communication between 2 or more individuals  Mass communication- communication to a large group or groups of people that remains largely unknown to the sender of the message  Interpersonal Communication: o Interactive o Flowing o Typically not anonymous o Medium- a communication channel like talking on a phone o Meanings can be misconstrued when not in person Mass Communication: o Any form of technological form of communication o No immediate feedback o Synchronous media- media that takes place in real time (live television) o Asynchronous media- media that do not require the audience to assemble at a given time (printed materials or recorded stuff) o Time shift- recording something to view later (DVR) o Shannon & Weaver Transmission Model*  Information source  Transmitter  Channel  Receiver  Destination o Schramm’s Simplified Communication Model*  A source who encodes  A message or signal that is transmitted  Where message is received and decoded  FEEDBACK ▯ Mass Communication and Convergence Mass communication and interpersonal communication are trying to adopt aspects from one another Blogs- type of website in which a person posts regular journal or diary entries with the posts arranged chronologically ▯ Theories of Communication  Rhetoric  Transmission models ▯ Critical Theory and Cultural Studies  Critical theory- theoretical approach broadly influenced by Marxist notions of the role of ideology, exploitation, capitalism and the economy in understanding and eventually transforming society  Cultural studies- a framework in studying theories of culture and communication that shuns the positivist scientific approach used by scholars in the empirical school and that tries to examine by mass media  Critical theorists criticize “traditional” social science because they don’t agree that by using statistical techniques with “natural laws” of society and behavior can be determined  James Carey- communications scholar and historian who has shaped a cultural-studies approach to communication theory ▯ Television: The Future of Convergence  Product Placement- a form of advertising in which brand-name goods or services are placed prominently within programming content that is otherwise devoid of advertising, demonstrating with advertising  Superstation- a local TV station that reaches a national audience by beaming its programming nationwide via satellite to local cable systems  Media literacy o Presentation (dictionary) looks at how things are written and physical dimensions o Political/Social messages (embedded with media) o Ownership regulation (influences how material is presented ▯ ▯


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