Media and communication – basic knowledge

The ways of communicating have exploded in the computer age, and there seems no letting up regarding the diversity of devices that can be used for this purpose.

Through the Internet, email made it possible to instantly send a message both to someone a few miles away, and to send family photographs to loved ones on the other side of the world. The Internet has also made it possible to not only talk to people around the world, but, to do so effectively for free when using various types of instant messaging programs.

Webcams have also made it possible to talk to and see the people we’re speaking to on our screens. The use of webcams, through instant messaging programs and Skype, have become a popular way of communicating between family members and loved ones, particularly for those who will be unable to see each other in person for a long time.

Social media has become another way for people to communicate, and, apart from the communication aspect, is an effective way of passing on interesting information and photos to friends. It can also be used as a means of self promotion. Using social media on mobile devices has become popular, and even news channels have seized on the potential of getting information from dangerous areas of the world via posts on Twitter and Facebook, with news as it happens from civilians on the ground.

The print media has embraced the age of digital media, and both radio and television channels have made it possible for their programmes to be seen and listened to online. Whereas it has been feared that newspapers will fold because of the net, it may be more a case of having to adapt or die. Considering that many major newspapers now have sprawling websites it seems that, on reflection, they prefer the adapt option.

Arguably, the way in which the Internet has made it easier for people to communicate has been of even greater importance than the vast amount of information that the net has made available. The fact that the early forms of Internet communication, such as email and instant messaging, are still very much around makes one wonder how much room there is left for new types of communication in the future.