MDST110 Electronic Coursebook for Students
Information Technology and Digital Media Studies
Prof. David Golumbia
University of Virginia
Fall 2004
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22. Digital Transformations: "Old" and "New" Media

Mon Nov 29, 2004

A discussion of the terminology of digital media, especially the emergence of the term "new media," followed by overviews of major media and exploration of the roles played by digital technology in their production and distribution.

I. Media: "Old," "New," "Analog," "Digital"

II. Text

III. Audio

IV. Image

V. Video and TV

VI. Cinema


Study Questions

  1. How has popular music changed during the digital age?
  2. What if the concept of "fine art" or art displayed in a museum did not exist, but we had all the same digital tools we have today? Do you think that the idea of art being an expensive or valuable commodity would emerge?
  3. What are the differences between physical (analog) film editing and digital film editing? Can you tell the difference between films that have been digitally and manually edited?
  4. What other media, besides those discussed here, have or have not been digitized?

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