When I was in fourth grade I remember being assigned a research project on the person we were most infatuated with in history. I chose to write my paper and do my project on Neil Armstrong. I was thrilled to start my first independent research project, so that weekend my dad allowed me to use the home computer to write out my paper and cue cards on Neil’s life and accomplishments. I remember waiting for the internet to load up and then gawking at the all the options I had to help me learn about Neil’s life. I felt like I was looking at a digital library.
When being asked what my first experience was using new media, this instance came to mind because I remember sitting with my eyes glued to the computer screen in my family room, tediously trying to understand what was and wasn’t important about this American heroes life. I also remember being taught how to hold my fingers over certain letters in the middle row of the keyboard, along with how to access and create a word document.
After reading Gitelman and Pingrees’ article it’s hard to believe that at one point I had to wait for the computer to dial up and that I had to take a basic typing and computer functions classes. When I think of “New Media” today I think of Google Glass, the iPhone 5s, Siri, and tablets that have disconnecting keyboards. In Gitelman and Pingrees’ article I liked how they described New Media having different mediums throughout history. Throughout time “New Media” has had a different definition to everyone; whether it be a typewriter, phonograph, record player, DVD, or iPhone, media is constantly being improved and updated.
Media will continue to be new because of this constant need to make things easier and more accessible. I can’t believe how within ten years my whole perspective of computers and life has been altered just through the improvements of electronic technology. It also somewhat saddens me to see kids be so comfortable using tablets and smart phones. Technology is useful but can be so detrimental. I feel like it challenges everyone to choose between a virtual reality and the reality we actually, physically live in. Regardless, New Media now has, what I would consider, a new medium in 2014 than it did in 2004, but who knows how long it will be till this current medium is replaced.