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Last Term Was New Journalism, This Term Is New New Media

In the first two chapters of Paul Levinson’s book New New Media, he talks about how ‘new new media’ is his term of social media, as well as blogging.

Chapter 1

Levinson define’s what “New New Media” is, how it’s different from “New Media” and provides examples to fit his definition.  Levinson defines New New Media as something that is free and online.  The two examples that he gave us that isn’t New New Media under that definition are iTunes and Amazon.  From how he describes New Media, iTunes and Amazon – as well as any site that requires us to spend money on content – and New New Media is also something that we can enjoy instantly.

The list of New New Media – which also double as chapter titles in this book – is slightly longer list:

  • Blogging
  • YouTube
  • Wikipedia
  • Digg
  • MySpace
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Second Life
  • Podcasts

Splitting Hairs

Levinson touches on – a bit in this chapter – that a blog on msnbc.com and nytimes.com can not be considered apart of the New New Media because of the fact that they already fall under the realm of New Media due to the fact that he believes that:

Their readers [readers of the two above news websites] at most have a secondary, indirect impact on the words in the blog-they may be able to comment on the blog, but they cannot write directly to it or create a new blog post.  In contrast, a blog created by a reader, in which the read has total control, is one of the hallmarks of new new media…

All though I see Levinson’s point on how blogs from newspaper websites may not be considered a part of New New Media, but I feel that his definition of blogs for them to be considered either new media or new new media doesn’t seem right to me.  Mainly because if a blog that is operated by a “reader” – as Levinson calls us non-newspaper bloggers – ends up to be purchased by a newspaper to be operated on the newspaper’s website (if that happens) changes the definition of the blog.

Multi-Media & Mobile Devices & Laptops

Levinson also mentions in a section of the first chapter how the written word plays a role in New New Media – whether it’s writing a caption for a picture, a title for a YouTube video, and of course words for WordPress blog posts.  Levinson also mentions how that New New Media website – such as blogs – may have a combination of word, picture, and/or video and that is a characteristic of what New New Media can be.

If I understand Levinson on the whole Mobile Device (mainly smartphones) and Laptop section, that these can be considered New New Media because we have to access our twitter accounts and blogs somehow.

Practice, Practice, Practice

In the second to last main section of the first chapter, Levinson talks about how several of the sources in the book are from the web.  He seems to be trying to get us to notice how with New New Media, we have to do more than just read about it.  That makes sense, since for Weblogs & Wikis, we have to use twitter and the hashtag #en3177 for Twitter and blog.

Chapter 2 | Blogging

The chapter is somewhat similar to the first chapter from Blogging: Digital Media And Society Series for en3177.  Levinson discusses an array of topics in this chapter: comments, editing after publishing, linking, group blogging, how to make $$$ off of your blog, and bringing in different media into your posts.

The most important thing I believe I got from this chapter is the first amendment.

Freedom of Speech on my Blog…Right?

That short answer is yes and no.  The reason why I say that is because according to the text, newspapers have more laws protecting them; yet I can still blog about what I would like to…with in reason.  Even though I could go and say bad things about anyone I know – or don’t know – and they could slap me with a lawsuit.  All though the same hypothetical person can do the same person if a hypothetical newspaper published something negative about them, the newspaper has more laws protecting them from publishing stuff.
Considering that this topic is a such a large issue, look for another blog post dealing with the topic.

Blogging in my PJs 😉

In this section of the chapter, Levinson talks about the social preconceptions that bloggers are people do blogging in their bedrooms while eating a bowl of cereal and under their blankets put up a blog post.  All though this is true that bloggers can do this, that doesn’t mean that being able to write in your PJs is a bad thing.  Yet, this section really didn’t seem to focus on blogging in your PJs.

Over all, the chapter on Freedom of Speech for bloggers was probably the most useful sections in the whole chapter.  Not to say that other people couldn’t get other useful stuff out of this chapter, yet I felt that a good handful of the stuff that was written in this chapter was stuff I had learned in other courses.

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