Pet Peeve: I’m hearing a lot of talk about “new media,” and how it’s revolutionizing x, y and z. I think it’s important that we as a community draw a distinction between what NEW media is and what SOCIAL media is. (And then, that we all stick to the messaging.)
There is no site I trust in the world for defining EVERYTHING more than Wikipedia. Wikipedia defines themselves as “The free encyclopedia that everyone can edit.” So I am using social media (or new media?) to define what this stuff all is. PERFECT.
- New media is a term meant to encompass the emergence of digital, computerized, or networked information and communication technologies in the later part of the 20th century.
- Social media are primarily Internet-based tools for sharing and discussing information among human beings. The term most often refers to activities that integrate technology, social interaction, and the construction of words, pictures, videos and audio. This interaction, and the manner in which information is presented, depends on the varied perspectives and “building” of shared meaning among communities, as people share their stories and experiences.
So for everyone that thinks Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, etc. is NEW Media- look again. These are Internet tools that help us share information with each other. Every time you use or talk about a “tool” you should be referring to your activities under the umbrella of Social media.
Bottom line? New media LED US to social media. And really, new media is SOOOO 1999.
As always, I welcome your thoughts and feedback!