17 Sep

The Good, Bad and Ugly Side of Media Convergence

Major communication technologies have changed the way we get our daily news and entertainment with frightening speed. This is also true on the technical side of news and how it is delivered to the viewers.

When was the last time you watched a full newscast on television?

A decade ago, I would have never guessed that I would be able to watch a newscast on television, tablet, cell phone or online. The options available to getting information or even catching up on Hollywood gossip are truly mind boggling.

Media Convergence

Traditional media including television, radio and newspapers have started to incorporate new media into the news delivery equation.

This media convergence give me the flexibility to check my social media to see what is new in the world.  I can follow news establishments on twitter and they keep me up on the news of the day. Having to sit through a newscast is no longer needed to find out what is going on in the world.

Fake News

But the ironic twist is that the technological changes are opening the ways we get information but it is not helping with how humans communicate.

Social media and fake news are an excellent example of how the delivery of accurate news is changing. There is so much crap posted that people read and believe what is posted as real news. This is a bad precedent for the news industry in all forms.

Bottom line

Bottom line is that tradition media and new media are continuing to come together so that new delivery is available to everyone no matter age.

So grab your phone, settle down with your tablet, turn of the television or log onto the computer! The news is at your finger tips and will continue to grow as technology changes.