More effort in defining Media (and Technological) Convergence.

Here are some quotes from around the web that might help us to define convergence.

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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. A whole range of new technologies enable consumers to archive, annotate, appropriate, and recirculate media content and in the process, these technologies have altered the ways that consumers interact with core institutions of government, education, and commerce.

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I have increasingly come to prefer the term, media convergence, to describe the full context of media change. In “Convergence? I Diverge,” one of my Technology Review columns, I offer a basic overview of different kinds of convergences — technological, economic, aesthetic, organic, and global — which are redefining our media environment. It is a good starting point for understanding much of my other recent writing on this topic.

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As Graham Murdock notes, different levels in media convergence can be defined.[i] Basically convergence deals with at least three areas: media technology, media forms and contents and media economics. Most discussions on convergence have been focused on technological changes, i.e. the so- called digital revolution of media.[ii] Another much discussed, but not so much researched area, has been the impact of convergence on media economics: merger of companies, concentration of ownership and converging markets of communication technology and media content.

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Convergence of media occurs when multiple products come together to form one product with the advantages of all of them, also known as the black box. This idea of one technology, concocted by Jenkins, has become known more as a fallacy because of the inability to actually put all technical pieces into one. For example, while people can have e-mail and internet on their phone, they still want full computers with internet and e-mail in addition. See Concentration of media ownership for the similar sounding phrase of media convergence.[4][5]

Media convergence is a concept in which old and new media intersect; when grassroots and corporate media intertwine in such a way that the balance of power between media producers and media consumers shifts in unpredictable ways. According to Henry Jenkins who is a highly respected media analyst and one of the foremost leading experts on the convergence culture paradigm, as well as, the DeFlorz Professor of Humanities and the Founder and Director of the Comparative Media Studies Program at MIT states that,

“the flow of content across multiple media platforms, the cooperation between multiple media industries, and the migratory behaviour of media audiences.”

[6] Media convergence is not just a technological shift or a technological process, it also includes shifts within the industrial, cultural, and social paradigms that encourage the consumer to seek out new information. Convergence, simply put, is how individual consumers interact with others on a social level and use various media platforms to create new experiences, new forms of media and content that connect us socially, and not just to other consumers, but to the corporate producers of media in ways that have not been as readily accessible in the past.

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Technological convergence is the tendency for different technological systems to evolve towards performing similar tasks.

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Convergence can refer to previously separate technologies such as voice (and telephony features), data (and productivity applications) and video that now share resources and interact with each other, synergistically creating new efficiencies.

Today, we are surrounded by a multi-level convergent media world where all modes of communication and information are continually reforming to adapt to the enduring demands of technologies, “changing the way we create, consume, learn and interact with each other”

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