Thursday, 17 January 2013
Moving Pass Borders
Both Jenkins and Miller discuss in their articles on New Media convergence the concept of new media and how it changes Canadian society for the good and the bad. With new media comes a whole new kind of community, one that has no borders and exists purely online. As Pierre Levy states with the rise of common technology, "Not everybody knows everything, but everyone knows something, all knowledge resides in humanity." This collective intelligence he speaks about, binds us together making us equal in the fact that we can all access knowledge, but at the same time exploits us as we are not in power of that knowledge, instead five media conglomerations monopolize most of what we attribute as "common knowledge". Here Miller's ideas come in as he believes new media is first a new form of commodified consumption and second form of exploited media labour. When we take Canadian media as an example, you see just how much it lacks in Canadian identity. This is because of the five companies that control our Western media, and the Americanization of Canadian media. Like Miller discusses this is a form of exploited media labour, leaving us with a lack of national identity. Our borders are so blurred with the rise of media and the Internet, that our neighbours to the south engulf our media. With the rise of new media convergence we have to wonder if it is a positive or negative aspect of Canadian media.