Today digital culture is so embedded in our everyday lives, most people couldn’t imagine life without the internet in some form or another. However, it’s funny looking back even less than twenty years ago how such a concept was unimaginable. It was around the time of my early childhood, people had begun asking the question, what is the internet?
So what is the internet?
noun. a vast computer network linking smaller computer networks worldwide.
Such a question seems completely shocking today, but then the ability to connect instantaneously with people all around the world was beyond most people’s wildest dreams.
In the past twenty years the digital and electronic revolution has given us new ways to access written and audio visual material via the web. This has had a significant impact on the way we access, receive and transmit news and information, with the emphasis now being on interactivity and audience participation.
Audiences are no longer passive consumers of news and are increasingly challenging the traditional role of the media as the ‘gatekeeper’ of information. We are consumers, producers and editors of our own news which has led to the phenominum known as citixen journalism and the rise of social media platforms such as facebook, youtube and twitter.
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