The relationship of media and technology is, as the title states, a codependent one. Media is a broad term. It can be a book, a website, television, a movie, music videos, CDs, and the list goes on. However, most media couldn’t really exist or be disseminated to a larger audience without technology. Yet technology can live on its own. So really, media is a needy partner. Technology is what allows media to be shown, heard, and used. Without technology, we couldn’t listen to a song on our iPods, or watch an acting performance on a little flat box in our living rooms. We would probably have to go see a live performance… Except that we probably wouldn’t know about it without technology!
Here’s a list of all the media technologies I can think of:
- DVD players
- VCRs (remember those?)
- Tapes, even!
- The radio!!
- Cable, as in cable boxes
- Recording devices
- Record players?
- Laser discs (too bad about those, by the way)
- Blu-Ray players? Blu-Ray in general? I’m not even sure what Blu-Ray is yet to be honest.
- USB cords
- Computers, laptops
- The Internet!
- “apps” like Instagram, Facebook, etc.
- Digital cameras
Some commonalities among these different media technologies are:
- CDs, MP3s, records, tapes, etc. are all forms of technology that music can be heard on. These technologies have made it easier for people to listen to music.
- Radio and television are forms of technology that allow programming to be spread across large amounts of people. Because of this, advertising plays a huge part.
- DVD and Blu-Ray players as well as Walkmen and iPods allow different forms of media to actually be used, and in the case of Walkmen and iPods, also allow for mobility.