Electronic and Digital Media

In today's age of digital media and extreme electronics, life seems to be getting easier. Remote controls let us turn television without even stepping from the couch. Cable and satellite broadcasting provides us with more the 300 channels. Now leaving the antenna that was attached to the roof of the house to receive local channels is a decorative roof display that is left to rust if not removed. Research for students has become more then a trip to local library or using the set of encyclopedias that parents bought. Internet has reduced turning pages and reading books to gather information, to a simple mouse click. By using a computer, it has changed the learning habits of those around the world letting you learn from abroad. Definitely getting lost as driving to a destination unknown is not a worry any longer. GPS units allow a driver to program the address or location then compute the route; the directions will be spoke to the driver as well as being displayed on the screen. With all this information at our fingertips, is it possible that it could be damaging to us as well?

Since the late 1890s, media has a played in major role in society. Printing presses allowed news to spread quickly though out the local towns. Most of the articles were not news worthy to print, but it did provide for conversation with the neighbors. 

In April 1926 John Baird of Scotland demonstrated to a small crowd the use of the first mechanical television, complete with sound and light. A whole era was just a few steps away, and in April 1927 broadcasting from Washington D.C. to New York City a speech was heard from Herbert Hoover. A celebration had begun and by the 20th century a census report believed that every American had one or more television sets in the home.

Digital and electronic media today is plentiful with the information highway (Internet) providing answers at our fingertips, along with cell phones that are equipped with cameras and Internet connection. Computers are used in the classroom for instant research and educational programs.  Our lives would feel incomplete without the digital electronics that have taken over our everyday existence.

Who knew that in 1888 when the Kodak cameras were first produced that in 2004 they would cease production on personal cameras? Digital cameras have taken over the photography those individuals like we are using today. Individuals are able to use these powerful yet simple devices to upload images quickly to the Internet and share our photos around the county.

Developing film using chemicals was the only way at one time to view the photographs and videos that were created by so many individuals. Now they are stored on computers and burned on to computer disc, which can store more than 100 images at times, and DVD discs can produce up to four hours of video enjoyment. Today people are unsure what the next advancements will be in photography and film, but they can be sure that it will produce brighter clearer images that capture our need to keep memories alive.

Mass media has left us a changed nation, allowing us direct communication to the entire world.  From the Internet, to having made available 24-hour news coverage with direct links from satellites to anyone given country media in digital form.  This makes journalists much better at producing the perfect story, capturing images that can be made available to the public in an instant.  Educational Institutes are now using computers to teach without entering a classroom, and businesses can secure a deal through communications by technical advancements.

While the Internet has practically taken over for the print industry, providing information for just about every topic to viewing your local newspaper, it has also closed businesses from the lack of support of purchasing consumers.  More web sites are being designed for companies to allow direct purchasing and easier shopping to the consumer, changing the way businesses are surviving.

With the changes in electronics and digital communication affecting our lives today, people are unsure what the future has in store for us.  From these mass changes that have occurred since long before the 21st century, we can assume digital devices will make every day a little less hectic and possibly more organized. The downfall to these rapid changes is that we may become a less social society and a reduced amount of active individuals causing health related issues that will complicate the confusion we are trying to overcome.

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