When I think of convergence I think of my phone, in about a 6 year period I went from a brick that I could throw at walls and the wall would break, to this delicate piece of technology I cannot live without. It is physically impossible for me to go anywhere without my phone and it is because of how much media I have on my phone.
Smartphones have done wonders in society; they have given a platform for all media to converge in one place that is easily accessed. Think about it you have: Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Skype, SMS, Phone, Games, News and a hell of a lot of other media all on the one device. Bet you never thought those tablet things they use in star trek would ever become a viable technology.
“We are living in an age when changes in communications, storytelling and Information technologies are reshaping almost every aspect of contemporary life – Including how we create, consume, learn and interact with each other.”(Jenkins) Truer words have never been spoken, I my own opinion the advancements in technology have exponentially increased in the past 6 years. 6 years ago I never imagined that the phone in my pocket could be a Swiss army knife of media for me to consume. I mean I used to walk around with a Nokia 3310 like most other kids at my high school and playing snake was considered to be the best thing in the world to kill time. As we continue to progress who knows where technology will take us, I mean look at Google Glass it reminds me of the Dragonball Z scouters that all of Freiza’s henchmen wear.
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Jenkins H, Year Unfindable, Media Convergence, MIT Staff website blog, Viewed 8/09/2013 http://web.mit.edu/cms/People/henry3/converge.html