This week we explored platforms, permissions and ideologies in technological convergence. It was particularly surprising to learn the differences between Apple and Android smartphones where in Apple is a locked appliance and the Android is a generative platform.
This got me thinking about smartphones in general and the technological convergence of different media platforms, now made accessible on smart phones.
“Convergence alters the relationship between existing technologies, industries, markets, genres and audiences” – Jenkins, H 2004
The small devices that live in our hands and pockets are no longer simply just telecommunication devices but are a combination of a computer, television, gps, camera and so on. We have the ability to download, play games, watch videos, read books and the access news due to the mutation of other media platforms such as print books becoming digital (not only on smartphones but Kindles too), digital newspapers and TV networks creating apps to stream programs on smart devices.
And so, free flowing content is definitely a lot more accessible due to the digital age and our beloved smartphones are allowing us to store everything we need on one device.
Jenkins, H 2004, The cultural logic of media convergence, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Volume 7(1), p. 34, viewed 23 March 2016 <https://moodle.uowplatform.edu.au/pluginfile.php/543866/mod_resource/content/2/Jenkins%2C%20H.%20-%20The%20cultural%20logic%20of%20media%20convergence.pdf>
Mitew, T 2016, ‘Week 4: I ♥ gadgets: platforms, permissions and ideologies in technological convergence’, Lecture/Prezi Presentation, BCM 112, University of Wollongong, 23 March 2016 <https://prezi.com/7hspm5addqkz/i-gadgets-bcm112/>