In this week’s lecture I learnt about the 3 layered model. It consists of: object/tools which are the tools we use to access the internet such as phones and laptops, content which is the content we use on our phones or laptops to log into and use such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and practices of use and social meanings which are places where you can buy and sell items, such as eBay.
In the seminar Maria split the class into 2 groups, each discussing either how using the internet has or hasn’t helped with communication, expression and freedom of information. My group discussed the later and how people on social media who have lots of followers influence others, plus how some countries, like North Korea, are not part of the networked community.
Maria gave us a list of questions to choose from, I picked ‘Is the historical useful to the study of the media?‘ I think the historical is important because modern media is firmly based around the internet but looking through a historical perspective opens up a new understanding of the origins of the internet and its development into a form of media which we rely on greatly today. Media includes print newspapers and magazines but these are also published on the internet alongside social media pages and 24/7 news websites. By looking back, you can see how media used to be and when the internet transformed that into the place we all now access for media, and places that in historical context.