Media in the Digital Age
Digital Technologies Have fundamentally altered the nature and function of media in our society. Blogs, podcasting, and other forms of Internet-based ... Show synopsis Digital Technologies Have fundamentally altered the nature and function of media in our society. Blogs, podcasting, and other forms of Internet-based reporting have reinvented age-old practices of public communication, at times circumventing traditional media and challenging their privileged role as gatekeepers of news and entertainment. The public can now access a variety of international news sources and expose themselves to an unprecedented number of perspectives. Journalists can sample from a diverse range of electronic tools to tell their stories. Peer-to-peer file sharing, on-demand entertainment, and the digitization of television, radio, and satellites have led to an explosion of media sources and a further democratization of the form. Some critics believe these technologies keep the public involved in an informed discourse on matters of public importance, but it isn't clear this is happening on a large scale. Propaganda disguised as news is flourishing, and though interaction with the digital domain teaches children valuable skills, it can also expose them to grave risks. In this book John V. Pavlik critically examines digital innovations and their positive and negative implications. First he looks at present developments, then he peers into the future, foretelling a highly fragmented though active media audience, intense media competition, and scarce advertising dollars. By embracing new technologies, however, Pavlik believes professional journalism and media will be able to hold on to their role as the vital information lifeline of a successful democracy.