Crosbie

How does your capstone measure up according to the definition proposed in Vin Crosbie’s “What Is New Media?” How might you alter your project to fit better?

Crosbie asserts that the first communications media was interpersonal, and that this evolved into what they now call the new medium. The new medium is another vehicle for communication, however unlike older vehicles, this one can travel faster, and reach more people. My capstone project aims to focus on the communication aspect of New Media. Every piece of my capstone is only built to encourage communication between users.

 

Do you agree or disagree with Crosbie’s definition, and why?

Crosbie starts off by saying that television isn’t a medium, and magazines aren’t a medium, and neither is radio. I don’t really agree with this statement, because a piece of media constructed for television is modified specifically to account for the fact that it will be shown on television. This modification includes shortening the length of the media to account for commercials, and adding artificial cliffhangers between commercials to keep viewers watching. Because of this, I’d say that television, magazines or radio are unique mediums, each with their own vocabularies for conveying information.

 

Manovich

How does capstone measure up according to the definition proposed in Lev Manovich’s “What Is New Media?” For this entry, describe the principle that your project fits best and the one it fits worst. How might you alter your project to fit better?

When Manovich says that New Media objects must all be describable mathematically, I think it applies to my project fairly well. A virtual world is entirely digital, even other players’ movements are just digital representations of analog input. At the lowest level, my capstone will be a collection of 1’s and 0’s, which fits Manovich’s definition. Where my capstone differs from Manovich’s principles, however, is in automation. Manovich says that New Media objects are automated, due to their potential to grant more convenience in everyday tasks. My project is purposefully not automated. I can’t force users to make connections with each other, I can only encourage them, and have them do it for themselves.

 

Do you agree or disagree with Manovich’s definition, and why?

I think it’s reductive to try and define New Media as opposed to giving it some loose guidelines. I wouldn’t even go so far as to agree with Manovich’s first assertion, that anything New Media lives on a computer. I think that New Media can affect how people talk to each other, or how people see the world. I don’t think that those things are quantifiable.

 

Jenkins

How does capstone measure up according to the definition proposed in Henry Jenkins’ “Eight Traits of the New Media Landscape”? For this entry, describe the principle that your project fits best and the one it fits worst. How might you alter your project to fit better?

My project best fits the “Networked” category. My project is based around the idea of meeting someone who is far away physically, but interacting with them as though they were right next to you. The principle that least fits my project is “Everyday.” I want my project to give users an experience that they don’t normally get every day, whether that’s meeting someone from a culture they are unfamiliar with, or just having a genuine conversation with another person.

 

Do you agree or disagree with Jenkins’ definition, and why?

Jenkins mentions that there should be less focus on emerging technologies, and more focus on emerging cultural practices. I think that this is the right direction, because it acknowledges the fact that New Media cannot be given a concrete definition.