Media Technologies: A Codependency [P8]

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:

  • iPhones
  • iPods
  • iPads
  • TVs
  • DVD players
  • VCRs (remember those?)
  • CDs
  • Tapes, even!
  • MP3s
  • The radio!!
  • Cable, as in cable boxes
  • Recording devices
  • Records
  • Record players?
  • Walkmen!
  • 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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By anabhani

One comment on “Media Technologies: A Codependency [P8]

  1. I like how you call it a codependency! I think it’s a great term to use, and will allow others to really understand how all of these terms are so interconnected, there almost can not be one without the other any more. One changes, and the other one will follow suit. As well as one usually changes because the other is changing! Very interesting ideas.

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