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New Media

New media refers to content accessed through some digital device, though the definition is always evolving and somewhat problematic in its nature. This entry discusses the “newness” of new media; the convergence of technology, communication activities, and industry in daily life; the consumption and production practices of digital users; and how these phenomena and activities link to informal learning in digital spaces. The pervasiveness of new media in modern society shapes the acquisition and dissemination of content in both subtle and overt ways.

Conceptualizing “Newness”

At various points, the printing press, radio, and television were “new,” as all offered innovative ways of communicating and accessing content. Obsolete and obscure inventions were also once new, despite the tendency to privilege older media that remains significant to society ...

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