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New Media?

I believe the content explained in the “Quirks and Quarks” podcast to be both an example of art and science. Science, of course, because synthetic biology takes place purely in the scientific industry. However, there is a part of it that’s artistic as well. I believe that “art” is something that’s created not just for practical means, but for aesthetic means. For example, smartphones don’t have to look the way they do. Apple doesn’t make their iPhone’s out of glass because it’s cheaper too (quite the opposite in fact). They make it out of glass because their devices are artistic, they have a level of aesthetics that are not practical but are rather designed to be looked at. I believe synthetic biology can be the same way, with scientific artists eventually using the technology to express themselves and create a visualthey want others to see.

The material doesn’t really change my understanding of new media, except strengthen what I believe a close definition to be, that the medium is the message. Synthetic biology could very well become a new medium for all kinds of people to use. Commercially, DNA could be used as a more practical and faster means to store and transfer information (computers running on DNA rather than hard drives). Artists could use it to create dynamic art; art that moves and changes to it’s environment. And of course, scientists will use it to help cure problems in the world. I think New Media is any new type of medium that’s created by the evolution of technology.



I like to think that a blog is really an ironic diary. Ironic because a diary is meant, by design, to be private for only the author, whereas a blog is designed and often times created to be viewed by the public. Of course, some people own a blog to literally have a digital diary for themselves, but that takes away the full potential of what a blog can accomplish and what it’s designed to do. A blog is typically a webpage of information designed for a specific function, be it; athletics, gaming, social issues, entertainment, etc. Most blogs go even further than that, into subsets of subsets of subsets of information. They can be owned by anyone for all sorts of purposes. Companies can make a blog to give consumers information on new products and updates, celebrities can make blogs to give an inside look into their daily lives.

I’ve owned a central Tumblr for nearly four years and have created many more for projects in high school, although my skills are limited to mostly providing my followers with access to pictures and news of specific television shows and movies. I mean, I’ve written a major post every once in awhile, mostly on topical news that really got my fingers typing, but I think I could definitely benefit from writing articles more consistently.



My partner was Saria. She’s from Jordan and picked the New Media program because she thinks that in society today people are looking for new and innovative ways to express their ideas and thoughts and New Media provides this type of expression. She also think that the program will offer her new, untraditional ways of looking at how to market and advertise to consumers, which is the field of work she wants to go into. In this class she expects to learn a lot of computer skills and how to use programs related to the study of media.

My name is Ian and I honestly don’t know what I’m expecting to learn. My perception of the New Media program changes everyday. I’m extremely interested in how society is functioning and changing in today’s internet age and the evolution of technology, most notably consumer technology. My true passion lies in film and storytelling, which I think is the best medium to deliver nuanced messages to society that are not only effective in the short term but can permeate time  by becoming a piece of visual history and in some cases an archetype itself (Star Wars, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, Metropolis, etc). In New Media I hope to gain a better understanding of how new mediums are developed and gain attention in today’s world, and to further my knowledge of how to use the medium of film to the best of my ability.

What is New Media?

Group Definition (Bram, Saria, Ian)

New Media is a way to convey messages and concepts through different mediums that are constantly evolving, depending on the evolution of technology.

Individual Definition 

New media is a way of conveying ideas and concepts through mediums that are determined by the evolution and continued adaptation of technology in society.

Social media is a technological example of new media. With the creation of social networking websites, people from all corners of the globe can connect and interact, even anonymously. Every person’s voice and opinion can be expressed and viewed by anyone with a device capable of accessing the internet.

 A creative example of new media are mobile applications. Developers are now able to take their own creative ideas and visually bring them to life in an interactive way, to be consumed by the audience.

A unique characteristic of new media is that it’s meant to be interacted with by the audience. Social networking and mobile applications are dynamic and malleable by those who are using them. New media is, in a way, the creation of new mediums that are used to present ideas and concepts in ways that have never existed before.

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