Spend your few minutes to watch the video below. The video is very interesting and it shows a lot of fact that we might don’t know. It is all about the media in our daily life.
This week, we gonna look into media convergence. What it is about? In the article of Henry Jenkins, he said that: “media convergence is more than simply a technological shift. Convergence alters the relationship between existing technologies, industries, markets, genres and audiences.” Convergence talks about technological, industrial, cultural and social changes.
Familiar with the two phones above? Compare the traditional nokia phone with today’s iphone. There are so many differences that’s why the Henry Jerkin mentioned that our cell phones are not simply telecommunications devices. Besides calling and sending text messages, what else you use for your phone today?
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In today society, phone is playing a very important role in our life. True? Besides for basic function for calling and text messaging, we used our phone to log in to all sort of social media, online chatting, play games, take photo, edit photo, video calls, e-mail and so much more. Smartphone today comes with many function that are so useful in our life, this is the reason why we call them as ‘Smart’ phone. In the old times, people use phone for calling and sending text messages but today we use phones for so many different purpose. This is when media convergence happens. Convergence is more than a corporate branding opportunity; it represents a reconfiguration of media power and a reshaping of media aesthetics and economics (Jenkins, 2004). The power of media and technology reshape our society today.
According to the author, convergence represents an expanding opportunity for media conglomerates, since content that succeeds in one sector can expand its market reach across other platforms. I do agree with what the authors said, as convergence happens all the media will be joint together. For example news, in the old time news are only available in newspaper and then slowly bringing in to TV and radio. But what happen in the society today? We could read news online. Most of the media owner have their own news website such as The Star Online, Malaysia Kini, Sin Chew Daily and others. Those smart phone have different type of news application as well for both local and global news. According to Mallard (n.d.), convergence provide more efficient organization because the same reporter can write the story, read a version of it on television, discuss it on radio and publish it (along with the other components) on the Internet. Media convergence saves time and money. However, there are some drawback as well. The emerging of technology and internet provide many choices for the customers, therefore customer loyalty is one of the consideration. As there are many choices available, consumers will switch their choice easily therefore all the organization have put more effort in this competing society. There are always advantage and disadvantage in everything, its base on how we perceive it.
” Thanks to the proliferation of channels and the portability of
new computing and telecommunications technologies,
we are entering an era where media will be everywhere and
we will use all kinds of media in relation to
each other.” – Henry Jerkins (2004)
Mallard, D n.d., Reasons for Media Convergence, accessed 21/9/2012, http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/Spring03/Mallard/reasons.html
Jenkins, H 2004, The Cultural Logic of Media Convergence, International Journal of Cultural Studies, vol.71, no.1, pp33-43.