Nugget for “Personal Dynamic Media”

Personal Dynamic Media” by Alan Kay and Adele Goldberg

“Devices” which variously store, retrieve, or manipulate information in the form of messages embedded in a medium have been in existence for thousands of years. People use them to communicate ideas and feelings both to others and back to themselves.

This nugget exemplifies the importance of various forms of media in communication. “Devices,” different methods through which messages are relayed, have proven to be and truly are essential in being able to communicate with one another. Today, such devices include text messaging, video and audio messaging, Facebook, Twitter, etc., each of which send and receive information via messages.

The primary text for my inquiry project reflects the theme of this nugget. The most popular websites in the world today include Google, Facebook, Youtube, Yahoo, and Twitter, all of which provide a means of communicating with others. Through these sites, information (in the form of messages) is able to be spread across the world. As the nugget states, through use of such mediums (as the ones listed in the primary text), people are able to “communicate ideas and feelings both to others and back to themselves.”

 


 

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Personal Dynamic Media” by Alan Kay and Adele Goldberg

“Devices” which variously store, retrieve, or manipulate information in the form of messages embedded in a medium have been in existence for thousands of years. People use them to communicate ideas and feelings both to others and back to themselves.

This nugget exemplifies the importance of various forms of media in communication. “Devices,” different methods through which messages are relayed, have proven to be and truly are essential in being able to communicate with one another. Today, such devices include text messaging, video and audio messaging, Facebook, Twitter, etc., each of which send and receive information via messages.

The primary text for my inquiry project reflects the theme of this nugget. The most popular websites in the world today include Google, Facebook, Youtube, Yahoo, and Twitter, all of which provide a means of communicating with others. Through these sites, information (in the form of messages) is able to be spread across the world. As the nugget states, people use such platforms to “communicate ideas and feelings both to others and back to themselves,” which is possible because of the way these mediums work. Take Facebook, for example. When one logs into Facebook, they are able to update their status, comment on posts and pictures/videos, and send direct messages, thereby broadcasting information in some form of a message. Blake states it best in her post about the same passage, “We use technology as mediums to now express ourselves in many different ways,” which is evident by the popularity of the websites listed in my primary text.

Taking a different approach towards looking at media and communication, author of the blog N30n Ra1nb0w uses the following nugget in their post:

For most of recorded history, the interactions of humans with their media have been primarily nonconversational and passive in the sense that marks on paper, paint on walls, even “motion” pictures and television, do not change in response to the viewer’s wishes. A mathematical formulation—which may symbolize the essence of an entire universe—once put down on paper, remains static and requires the reader to expand its possibilities

In this passage, Kay and Goldberg describe human interaction with media as “passive,” and, in a way, rather old school. As the example in the passage mentions, a mathematical formula written on a piece of paper can only be elaborated upon by the person who reads it, and it is very possible that not many will stumble across that one piece of paper to be able to expand and enrich its meaning. Today, however, if that same formula were to be posted on a Facebook page or tweeted, many people would see it and contribute to the conversation. It seems as though media has evolved and is becoming less passive and more active. Active in the sense that as social media continues to grow, more people are able to join the conversation. As the author of N30n Ra1nb0w states, ” I am more about being active in interaction,” and as evident by my primary text, the rest of the world seems to be in agreement. The primary text, a list of the most visited websites in the world, shows that sites that allow people to communicate with one another such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc. are increasingly growing in popularity, which in turn shows that media interaction is increasingly becoming more active.

In a way, these passive and active elements of media are convergent. While the world is becoming more active in the way we communicate with one another, the passive component is still playing a part. We are becoming more active with our media because we now are able to post something to a website and have the rest of the world view the post and join in on the conversation. But we are still passive in the sense that while we may post something for all others to see, not everyone will stumble upon it and have the chance to view it and contribute to it. Jala uses the same passage in her post, and states that “tweets are kind of like writing down what you want to say, but instead of putting it on paper, you put it into cyberspace.” Even though the information is not written down on a piece of paper, the person sending the tweet is passively interacting with media in hopes of someone coming across the tweet and actively interacting with media to contribute to the tweet’s conversation.

Regardless of how you look at it, one thing is certain: media has forever changed the way we spread information and communicate with others.

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