Back to Importance of Digital Media Studies

In this brief post, I’d just like to go back a bit and revisit the discussion we had a few weeks ago regarding the importance of continued growth of the field of internet studies. We discussed in class the fundamental aspects of a discipline, but I didn’t really think about how important this field’s development is until I started digging into our final research proposal.

Its really hit me how LARGE this widespread cultural phenomenon really is. In the past 10 years, we’ve created an entirely new subsection of culture that both represents geographic culture, but also creates new ones. Of course, this has been the message of the class throughout the semester, but I’ve only recently started to comprehend the magnitude of the issue.

3 responses to “Back to Importance of Digital Media Studies

  1. mdimopoulos

    The internet culture is huge, no doubt, and I would argue that it is showing no signs of stopping soon. It not only cuts across geographic lines but lines of class, economy and age as well. Think about this for a second: The availability to access the internet and to a greater extent cell phones in countries and cities that don’t even have reliable sources for food and clean water is staggering.

  2. I’ve come to regard Digital Media Studies as an intellectual, scholarly realm which very few people understand and even fewer people really “use.” Initially, I thought that there is a core set of theories about Digital Media that, once understood, could enable a person to sell more widgets, motivate the masses to action, or just plain understand why some TV shows last and others don’t. So, while I agree that internet culture is a huge cultural phenomenon, I still don’t know why they cancelled The Unit, let alone able to discuss why it should or should not remain on (TheorY).

  3. Having grown up in the 1960s and ’70s, I have gone from vinyl records, to 8-track tapes, to cassettes, to CD’s and now MP3 digital files, not to mention black and white television–what’s next? If anything, it has been an interesting, though sometimes expensive ride. I am somewhat of an anomoly in my generation, in that I am embracing, and in some sense attempting to keep up. “Digital Media” is, in my anthropologic perspective, the driving force in the latest phase of globalization, which both the humanities and social sciences should emprace. Thus, I see media studies as having a bright and long future–wherever that future may be!