Posts Tagged ‘Effects of New Media’

Media, what’s new!

Have you updated your facebook status today? Or whom did you follow on twitter the other week? Who does not know about Friendster? Facebook? Twitter? YouTube? Yahoo? Google? These social networking sites and other online news websites are so familiar, famous, and trendy nowadays. When it comes to love, they always say, “age doesn’t matter.” On the other hand, when we talk about new media, they say, “we don’t choose according to age.” With new media, we have a new generation, new culture, new habits and practices, a new world and a new us. But do we really know what this trend had made us and how this new media affects us?

As we say, the internet has brought many advantages to everybody’s lives. It is said to help make education easier for everybody. Just through typing and clicking, list appears on the monitor and you can have a bunch of knowledge about anything you wanted to research on. In communication, new media causes time and space compression, for it brings people closer to one another. These are only some of the many benefits of the internet. People enjoy the advantages of the new media but it also brings minuses.

The internet had affected cultures and practices of citizens in negative ways. It had influenced traditional routines of different units. For example, traditional media is now competing with the new media. Newspapers, television, and radio are now contending with online news. Published reports are now posted online. The Philippine Daily Inquirer, now has the inquirer.net. The Philippine Star has the philstar.com and for the Manila Bulletin, mb.com. Also, broadcasted news can now be viewed on YouTube or on broadcasting networks’ official webpages. We can now also watch news live through online streaming. Additionally, different cultures were already affected like change in attitudes and perceptions of people. And worse, new media is now controlling the minds of the people, which is supposedly, people overpowering the technology. Above all, most users are aware of the minuses of new media but people just ignore about them.

A big part of the community is captivated by the internet. Students use this to research on classroom topics. Business groups use the internet to acquire more customers and to advertise their names and products. Politicians use the internet to reach out to citizens, to campaign and ask for support. Newspaper companies, television networks, and radio stations have created online sites to deliver breaking news and other current events.

We have benefitted, are benefitting and will be benefitting from the internet, but we should also know our limitations in using it. We should learn not to be too dependent on the new media.

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